The Apple Watch 2 could serve as a refrigerator magnet, self-protective stand, or TV magnet if a new patent indicates anything.
Apple filed for a patent that has been published with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), showing an Apple Watch that can be used in different circumstances than just the wrist. For example, you may be able to attach your Apple Watch 2 on a refrigerator to help you when you’re making a dish and need to see the recipe from your Apple Watch notes (Notes are now protected by Touch ID, courtesy of iOS 9.3), or attach the Apple Watch 2 on your TV in order to beam photos, images, or a show on your Apple Watch to your television. One of the more practical uses for the Apple Watch 2 concerns a self-protective display stand that allows you to sit the Apple Watch up and use it to watch TV shows, movies, and videos right from the wrist wearable. You could also use it to see things on your Apple Watch while you’re using an iMac or Apple MacBook Pro/MacBook. You can see the patent drawings below from Patently Apple.
As has always been the case with patents, companies often file them to have copyright over their own ideas, so we shouldn’t necessarily believe that Apple will use these plans. At the same time, however, these uses would extend the capabilities of current watches. The only question revolving around all of this is, “could we see a standalone Apple Watch from the company in the future?” How else will you watch movies and TV shows from the Apple Watch 2 if it won’t at least have standalone Wi-Fi?