Apple eyes flexible OLED screen for its smartwatch, says report

The so-called iWatch would also come in three different display sizes, claims a Korean news site.

A mockup of what an iWatch might look like -- though without a flexible screen.
A mockup of what an iWatch might look like. Sarah Tew and Christopher MacManus/CNET

Apple may outfit its much-rumored smartwatch with a flexible display, says Korean news site Chosun Ilbo.

Citing information from "industry sources," Chosun Ilbo said Tuesday that the iWatch would be equipped with a plastic OLED screen capable of being bent. Other smartwatches, such as Samsung's Galaxy Gear, offer a rigid display.

Apple also is reportedly cooking up three separate models for the iWatch, each with a different sized screen. "A prototype of the 1.5-inch has already been made," one of the sources said. A 1.3-inch model and a 1.4-inch model will also be part of the lineup.

Rumors have been floating about this year that Apple would join the smartwatch club with its own unit dubbed the iWatch. As expected, Apple has been mum about such a device. But analysts and industry watchers believe the company needs a new breakthrough product. And although the smartwatch arena is growing more crowded, an iWatch could easily disrupt the market.

(Via TechRadar)

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Journalist, software trainer, and Web developer Lance Whitney writes columns and reviews for CNET, Computer Shopper, Microsoft TechNet, and other technology sites. His first book, "Windows 8 Five Minutes at a Time," was published by Wiley & Sons in November 2012.

 

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