Apple testing 1.5-inch display for iWatch, claims report

A couple of tidbits making the rounds Monday suggest that development of Apple's so-called iWatch is ticking ahead.

A mockup showing what an Apple iWatch might look like.
A mockup showing what an Apple iWatch might look like. Sarah Tew and Christopher MacManus/CNET

Apple may be checking out displays for its much-rumored smartwatch.

The company has reportedly been examining 1.5-inch OLED screens built by Ritek subsidiary RiTdisplay, a Taiwan-based manufacturer of display panels, according to Taiwanese news source Economic Times. Apple reportedly was initially eyeing a 1.8-inch display but felt that was too large and switched to a 1.5-inch size.

CNET contacted Apple for comment and will update the story if the company responds.

RitFast, a joint venture between Ritek and Taiwan's YoungFast, would supply the touch technology for the so-called iWatch, the Economic Times added.

Another story from the Economic Times claims that Apple supplier Foxconn has already received 1,000 orders for the iWatch. But such a small order is simply a trial run, with mass production still a ways off.

As always, these tidbits fall strictly into the rumor stage. Reports have surfaced that Apple could unveil an iWatch this year , but the company has been mum about the possibility of such a product.

(Via Macotakara, MacRumors)

 

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