Korean industry sources told the Chosun Ilbo that Apple will reportedly opt for a flexible display for its rumoured iWatch (via TechRadar). The same source reveals that the iWatch will come with a plastic OLED screen that can be bent.
The news follows in the wake of the already underperforming smartwatch product currently available. While some might say the competition rushed to launch their smartwatch product ahead of the rumoured iWatch (which was first estimated to arrive sometime this fall), fact is that Apple’s major competitor, Samsung’s Galaxy Gear, has received low ratings, with the majority of the reviews pointing to its attractive factor, and failure to be indeed a smart device.
So an iWatch with a flexible display and built-in features like Siri (now out of beta), Passcodes, local find, and automatic find — as imagined by Bruce Tognazzini, founder of Apple’s Human Interface Group, would sound more attractive, especially as it is peppered with multiple sensors.
But the ultimate question remains open: does Apple have an answer for extended battery life and charging?
While we await for the rumour mill to spill more information about the highly anticipated smartwatch, we need to stick with what we already know: Earlier this year, Apple patented a wearable computer in the form of a bracelet that could serve as an iWatch. Furthermore, Apple does have a couple of wireless charging patents in its portfolio.
The rumour mill has suggested that Apple has already developed a smartwatch with a 1.5-inch display, but KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo doesn’t exclude the possibility of a 2-inch display. We don’t have information about who will manufacture the display, though; it could be Samsung, or maybe LG if Apple opts for the GF2 technology.
It is rumoured that Apple will introduce the iWatch sometime next year.