Shares of GoPro, whose cameras can be mounted on helmets, surf boards, bikes and dog harnesses, fell as much as 15 percent.
Apple Inc has been granted a patent for a wearable camera that could possibly challenge action cameras made by GoPro Inc.
The patent, which cites specific weaknesses in GoPro’s cameras, includes details about a camera system that can be mounted on bike helmets or scuba masks, Apple said in an application filed with the U.S. Patents and Trademark Office.
Apple’s newly patented camera system can also be used under water to take pictures and record sounds, according to the application.
A potential entry by the iPhone maker into the action camera market could also put pressure on privately held Polaroid Corp, which makes the small and colorful Cube cameras.
JMP Securities analyst Alex Gauna, however, said it was premature to assume that Apple would soon launch a wearable camera.
“It does not seem to me that launching an action camera accessory is the most logical product extension for Apple to pursue right now,” Gauna said.
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