iWatch Rumors Heat Up as Apple Patents Fitness Wearable Tech Craig Lloyd03/13/2014 iWatch rumors simply won’t die, but maybe there’s a reason for that? Apple is expected to be launching a smartwatch at some point in the future, but we have little info from Apple as to when that could happen. However, the company recently patented a fitness wristband feature that could most likely be included in the iWatch. Reported by Patently Apple, the Cupertino-based company was granted a patent that would allow a pedometer inside the iWatch to accurately count steps, more so than most other fitness wristbands out on the market currently.Advertisement The name of the patent is “Wrist Pedometer Step Detection”, and it looks to be a piece of technology that will accurately count your steps by taking into account the motion of your arm and wrist. A big problem with wrist-worn pedometers is that they can mostly be inaccurate because the motion of your arm can trip the signal of the pedometer, which is why most true pedometers are worn on the waist or in your pants pocket. The patent would allow the iWatch to count your steps accurately without the motion of your arm detracting from the job. Of course, this patent doesn’t mean we’ll officially see a smartwatch or a fitness wristband from Apple, but it’s the kind of technology that would only be included in such a device, so there’s no reason to doubt such a possibility.Advertisement We’re interested to see how an Apple fitness wristband would work alongside the iPhone 5s’s M7 co-processor. It should be quite the ultimate pairing and would be a huge benefit for fitness buffs who use iOS.Advertisement In the meantime, the fitness wearable market is becoming more and more saturated. Most of the new wearables are any easy pass, but there have been some that have caught our eye, including the Fitbit Force, Garmin’s Vivofit, and of course the Samsung Gear 2 smartwatches and Gear Fit.