Future Apple Watch Digital Crown Could Incorporate Force Touch

Apple has applied for a new patent that suggests it may incorporate Force Touch into the digital crown of the Apple Watch in the future.

The patent description states, “When force is exerted on the force-detecting input structure 101 (the digital crown), the electronic device 100 (Apple Watch) may ascertain or measure the force. Generally, the electronic device 100 (Apple Watch) may interpret different amounts of force as different inputs. The crown may include one or more force sensors positioned in the input mechanism that may be used to determine an amount of force applied to the crown. In this way, the crown may be used to receive a variety of different inputs from the user.”

The patent was originally filed in the third quarter of 2016.