Friday Apple Rumors: Patent Hints at Apple Watch Sign Language Support

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Apple Watch Rumors, Sign Language, AAPLParts: Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone SE has been given the teardown treatment by iFixit, reports AppleInsider. The teardown of the device revealed that many of the parts in the iPhone SE are interchangeable with parts found inside the iPhone 6s. Parts that can be switched between the two iPhones include the display, SIM card tray, loudspeaker and vibration motor. However, the battery and camera have been upgraded from the older iPhone and can’t be switched between the two. The same is also true for the Lightning connector.

Patent: A new patent possibly reveals upcoming features for the Apple Watch, 9to5Mac notes. The patent describes a system that would allow the smartwatch to detect other types of signals. This would be an expansion on its current function, which turns the display on when its raised to a person’s face. This new system would allow it to notice certain hand signs that could be used to activate different features of the Watch or an iPhone it’s connected to. It also shows a person using sign language with the device.

Antenna: The iPhone 7 may incorporate a new antenna switch module, reports MacRumors. It’s rumored that the tech company is looking into a system that would allow the device to switch between different antennas for different uses. It allows for more I/O terminals while still reducing the size of the chip. This change could result in less room being taken up in the device, which could help more parts be added or reduce the overall size.

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