Apple could be planning to bring out a gadget even smaller than Apple Watch - a tiny ‘smart ring’.
The company recently patented an ‘iRing’ which could take photographs, send messages and tell the time.
It’s not alone in moving into the sector - another company, Mota, is already making a connected ring (pictured) which was unveiled at CES Asia last year.
The Apple patent describes a device where users dictate text messages to a microphone before sending, and which has a tiny touchscreen controlled by a thumb.
There is even a small camera - as well as biometric sensors which can capture the wearer’s heart rate.
The patent says, ‘ ‘The use of touch-sensitive surfaces as input devices for computers and other devices has increased significantly in recent years.
‘A user controls an external electronic device with a finger ring-mounted touchscreen that includes a computer processor, wireless transceiver, and rechargeable power source.
‘The ring is worn on a first finger and receives an input from a second finger.’