From the latest reports to emerge from Cupertino it appears that Apple is experimenting with a new form of wristwatch.
The New York Times claims it has a sources “familiar with the company’s explorations.” Apparently a watch from Apple would be formed from curved glass, with Apple having a unique “understanding of how such glass can curve around the human body.”
This “iWatch” would run the same iOS operating system as is found on iPods, iPads and iPhones, although one would have to presume in a highly modified version. There would be severe challenges in porting the iOS operating system to such a small screened device.
Interestingly in the world of Apple rumours, The Wall Street Journal is also making claims that would appear to back up the New York Time’s report, stating that Apple has discussed such a product with its manufacturer in China Foxconn.
As the reports point out there is certainly the technology out there to make such a futuristic device viable, only last year Corning (who makes Gorilla Glass found in most smartphones thanks to its durability) developed a new glass called Willow Glass.
Willow Glass is highly flexible and can be bent without shattering and Pete Bocko the company’s Chief Technology Officer went as far as spelling out potential applications for this: “if I tried to make something that looked like a watch, that could be done using this flexible Willow glass,” he said.
Bocko points out, it remains "one of the toughest mechanical challenges" thanks to the way in which the human body moves.
Exciting times are ahead, I for one would love to know the potential applications for an “iWatch”.