An article today in the NY Times cites multiple sources which say Apple is working on a unique smart watch that would be made using curved glass. The so called iWatch (not an actual product name) is said to run iOS, which isn’t surprising given the forked version currently used on both the iPod nano and Apple TV. Given the immense popularity of the Pebble watch, this is not a surprising move, but sounds as if it’s more in the exploratory phase. With the amount of cash Apple has on hand, it would be surprising if they weren’t working on these sorts of projects deep inside the secret office spaces in Cupertino.
The iPhone utilizes Corning’s Gorilla Glass. That very same company has developed bendable glass which they call Willow Glass, a technology which has been ten years on the making. Corning CTO Pete Bocko believes his product would be perfect for a watch.
“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.”
While the iPod nano runs iOS, many thought it was an opportunity lost not to incorporate some sort of control of the iPhone. Apple curiously changed the form factor of the iPod nano, one generation after it had become high-tech fashion to transform your nano into a watch. Apple in fact still sells a number watch bands for the older iPod nano.
The Pebble has seen good reviews overall, but lacks the deep integration that comes with being the manufacturer . If done right, the iWatch could work with Siri, make payments with Passbook, provide you with a quick look at messages and so much more. If it does end up coming to market, we all get to be Dick Tracy.
Source: NY Times