That’s because Watch 1– the one you can buy and try now– doesn’t have a camera, yet the folks who track patents coming out of Cupertino, CA found an Apple Watch patent that covers a selfie camera. That means Apple has already been thinking about how to get a camera into a Watch. So, watch what happens.
Glass. Without. Creepy.
The long and the short of it is this. Apple has a patent for a camera in Watch; specifically a selfie camera (after all, the screen looks at you, so why not stick a camera there?), but with the possibility of a camera on the case which could be aimed– in kind of a reverse Spiderman wrist twist– to take photos wherever you point.
It could happen.
Give some consideration to the premise that Watch 2, due sometime late this year, or maybe next year, but quite possibly the year after, would come with complete standalone capability, built-in 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, more RAM and storage, of course, and a couple of built-in cameras.
Google Glass developers and owners became social outcasts because Borg. Glass didn’t do anywhere near as much as Watch 2 or Watch 3 promises, but it was just so visually creepy that it was banned here and there, started fist fights in bars, and put Google in the unenviable position of having to kill a beta product.
Just kidding. Google does that all the time (check out the graveyard).
Still, it’s not far fetched to see Apple Watch 2 with a couple of built-in cameras that perform similarly to iPhone’s camera duo. One for selfies. Just set the timer, look into the Watch screen, wait for the shutter snap sound. And, one for taking pictures and videos not aimed at your face.
Problematic, Not Creepy
Anybody see any problems with having a couple of cameras on a watch? Already, iPhones can be confiscated when touring or visiting specific locales, including some government and corporate offices, or manufacturing facilities, or Donald Trump rallies, thanks to their built-in surveillance capabilities.
Watch 2 with dual cameras won’t be any different. It’s one thing to point your Glasses at someone and have them see the big red Recording light come on, and it’s another thing to point your iPhone at others to take a photo or video (how rude), but what about Watch?
Will Skype and FaceTime become Watch 2 apps? I think so.
Camera quality and miniaturization continues to improve, so there’s little doubt that a Watch 2 with dual cameras could replace similar functions found and used in abundance on iPhone. Apple’s Watch camera patent applications outline additional functionality for the rotating Crown interface, but also additional buttons, perhaps physical but also capacitive buttons as we see already on Watch. The current Watch has a decent microphone and using it with Just Press Record (more Mac, iPhone, iPad, and Watch) is a delight.
Can a Watch camera be far behind?