Apple smart watch made of curved glass now being developed, reports say

By on Feb 11, 2013 in Smartphone, Technology Comments

A so-called Apple smart watch is likely now being developed. It is a device that can be worn around the user’s wrist. This latest Apple rumors come after Chinese gadget news site Tech.123.com reported last December that Apple may be developing its own smart watch that connects Apple devices via Bluetooth.

Apple smart watch sketch

Wearable device “Apple smart watch” (Sketch)
Credit: Federico Ciccarese/CiccareseDesign.com

As noted by The New York Times Bits blog on Sunday, February 10, 2013, people familiar with Apple‘s explorations told them that the smartphone company is now experimenting in its Cupertino headquarters on wristwatch-like devices made of curved glass, which would operate on Apple‘s iOS platform.

According to the report, there were no specific details on the features of Apple smart watch provided and when it will be launched. Nevertheless, Pete Bocko, the chief technology officer for Corning Glass Technologies, who worked on the Willow Glass, told them Apple has been developing the thin, flexible glass for more than ten years.

“You can certainly make it wrap around a cylindrical object and that could be someone’s wrist. Right now, if I tried to make something that looked like a watch, that could be done using this flexible glass.” Bocko told the paper via phone interview, noting that creating the device is “one of the toughest mechanical challenges.”

Meanwhile, Wall Street Journal also reported about the Apple smart watch that day, saying that one of the people at Foxconn told them that the company has been working on various technologies that could be used in wearable devices, which are being expected to automatically send and receive information.

Apparently, some companies have earlier introduced different kinds of wearable gadgets, which were designed mostly to measure various physical activities. For the Apple smart watch, some analysts noted that it may eventually replace smartphones. However, there are those who are skeptical if such devices can be useful enough.



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