iWatch_PatentWe mentioned the speculation surrounding the possible release of an Apple iWatch last week. Well, that speculation has reached fever pitch after details of a patent that Apple have filed relating to 'wearable video technology' were revealed.

The document, filed as long ago as August 2011, reveals a device built around a flexible video display and designed to be worn around 'an appendage' (we're thinking a wrist is the most likely appendage). The item is described as an accessory which would work in conjunction with another electronic device (presumably an iPhone or an iPad).

This lends credence to the rumour that the iWatch, if it ever sees the light of day, will be a smartphone or tablet peripheral rather than a standalone device - perhaps something you use to scan updates from your phone or perform basic tasks rather than something which is designed to operate independently.

Whilst we're on the subject of Apple, this week has seen more rumours about the upcoming iPad - the iPad 5. The new iPad is going to be thinner, lighter and smaller than the iPad 4 - the latter being achieved by featuring thinner bezels around the screen (as per the iPad Mini) rather than reducing the 9.7 inches of the screen. It's speculated that the new design will save Apple money on the components, so we could see the iPad 5 becoming cheaper, although there's no guarantee that those component savings will be passed on to consumers.

Of course it's all very well to speculate about bright, shiny high end devices but not everyone wants to top end device.  Those who want a bit of quality smartphone kit but for an affordable price might want to look at the soon to be released Samsung Galaxy Star. OK the screen resolution isn't great and the camera is a rather functional 2 megapixels, but it's running a recent version of Android (Jelly Bean 4.1.2 on release) and as long as you're not wanting high res graphics or super sharp pictures, it does the job for what promises to be a very reasonable price.  We're expecting to hear more next week so we'll keep you posted.

Now, how cool would it be to have a completely transparent phone?  Well, the technology may not be too far off if the work that Polytron Technologies comes to fruition.  In truth, the phone won't be transparent all the time - the technology works in such a way that the device will be opaque when it runs out of charge but transparent while the battery still has some juice in it. And of course some of the components won't be transparent - like the SD card, the microphone and the camera. But it will mean the phone can offer 2 displays - both front and back.

The transparent smartphone may be with us sooner than we think - perhaps even this year. And the company have said they're looking into a transparent tablet too.