Patents can often point to upcoming products and with rumors of an iWatch product from Apple, this latest found filing could be a sign of new products to come. AppleInsider has spotted a USPTO filing for a “A wearable video device arranged to be worn by an end-user, comprising: a flexible substrate having a flat state and a curled state”, originally filed in August of 2011.
The technology needed for such a device could very well be sourced by Corning, the company behind the Gorilla Glass used on the iPhone. Corning’s CTO had been quoted as saying their new Willow Glass technology is perfectly suited for a wearable device.
“You can certainly make it wrap around a cylindrical object and that could be someone’s wrist,” Mr. Bocko said. “Right now, if I tried to make something that looked like a watch, that could be done using this flexible glass.”
What’s still unclear and the source of much speculation is if whether a proposed iWatch would be exclusively an iPhone accessory or would offer the ability beyond providing second screen read-outs from an iPhone or iPad.
With a touch screen user input a user can accomplish a number of different tasks including adjusting the order of a current playlist, and reviewing a list of recent phone calls. A response to a current text message can even be managed given a simple virtual keyboard configuration across the face of the flexible display.
It was previously reported that Apple had a team of 100 employees working on a wearable device. While this might not find it’s way to shelves in 2013, it appears to readily apparent that Apple is working on an iWatch.