Apple seeks to trademark 'iWatch' in Japan, according to data released by Japan's Trademark Office last week.
A June 3 filing with the Japan Patent Office that describes a category of
products including a handheld computer and a wirstwatch device. Apple has already resistered the iWatch trademark in Russia.
Analysts claim that Apple is working on a smartwatch product, but so far Cupertino has not confirmed anything. However, Tim Cook has made a statement about the "profound" opportunity in wearables at the D11 conference in May.
Eqarlier reports suggested that Apple is working on a wristwatch-like device that may perform some of the tasks now handled by the iPhone and iPad.
Samsung is also developing a wristwatch, while Sony has sold its SmartWatch for more than a year - a deviec which wirelessly connects to smartphones using Android operating system and allows users to take calls and reply to e-mails or texts.