An Apple patent has been unearthed that suggests the company is working on a round version of its Apple Watch. Or, at least, that it has mulled it over in the past year.

The patent, titled "Electronic Device Having Display With Curved Edges", shows a circular watch face and drawings indicate tech elements that would drive a round screen. It works similarly to a normal display, and the tech would be hidden in a bezel around the edge much like the current rectangular Apple Watch or, indeed, the iPhone.

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There are two similar patents filed by Apple, with the most recent being submitted in January this year, so that could mean the company still has ambitions to release a different style smartwatch. After all, most rival manufacturers have switched to round smartwatch designs in the last couple of years. The Huawei Watch and Samsung Gear S2 and S3 watches are particular popular examples.

Patents should be treated with a little pinch of salt though, as companies file thousands each year with many never making it to market. And with Apple Watch Series 2 only recently made available, we doubt we'll see a refresh until the latter part of 2017 at the very least.

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