The Independent reports Apple have applied to trademark the term “iWatch” in Japan, giving further credence to the rumors that the tech company plans to enter the market for wearable technology.
Registering a trademark is often an indication that a company wishes to launch the product – seeking to avoid any legal tussles after the public release. The Independent notes some organizations also like to hedge their bets or simply block off their opponents. Apple also registered the “iSlate” in 2009, but it was the iPad that launched in 2010.
According to reports from officials the name could cover a range of products, says The Independent – including computers, computer peripherals and watches. This means, as Charles Arthur has noted, that there’s a small chance that the name could refer to a TV-related product (also the subject of persistent rumors for Apple).