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Apple testing 1.5 inch OLED screen for iWatch?

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Apple testing 1.5 inch OLED screen for iWatch?
According to reports from Taiwan's Economic Times, Apple is in the process of testing 1.5 inch OLED displays from the RiT display subsidiary of RITEK. The touch sensor technology for the glass supposedly comes from a joint venture that RITEK has called RiTFast. The glass would obviously be used for Apple's rumored iWatch.

Since rumors started that Apple would be entering the smartwatch business, many of the top manufacturers in the mobile device business have also thrown in their two cents and have announced plans to produce a similar device. Google, Samsung, LG and Microsoft are all expected to join Apple in what has quickly become a potentially crowded playing field battling over a forecasted $6 billion business. Earlier this year, one report included a forecast that 1.2 million smartwatches would be shipped in 2013.

Back in December, the rumor narrowed a bit with talk that Apple was working on a 1.5 inch OLED screen with Intel inside. According to those in the know, Apple originally wanted to use a 1.8 inch screen, but that size was way too large for a watch. Another report says that contract manufacturer Foxconn has already received an order for the Apple iWatch, but only for 1,000 units suggesting that a small scale trial of the device will eventually take place.

Earlier this year, Bloomberg stated that Apple has 100 engineers working on a smartwatch. If Apple is at the stage where it is just now testing displays for the Apple iWatch, it might be too much of a rush to seethe device launched this year. But with Apple seen as losing its mojo and in desperate need of producing something innovative, the powers that be at Cupertino would love to get a smartwatch launched as soon as possible, beating the competition to the punch.

source: TaiwanEconomicTimes (translated) via Macotakara (translated), MacRumors

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posted on 20 May 2013, 21:39 1

1. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


Derp lets use glass on a smartwatch that won't be bad at all!

posted on 20 May 2013, 21:42

2. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Sapphire glass is way much better, and looks prestige, quality, not OLED.

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posted on 20 May 2013, 22:28 4

10. Dr.Phil (Posts: 924; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


First of all, where does it say it will use sapphire glass? Sapphire glass as of right now is very expensive. It's about ten times more expensive to use than Gorilla Glass. So I don't think it would be viable for Apple to use it until the costs come down a lot more, unless they want to produce a very expensive watch.

posted on 20 May 2013, 22:36

15. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


My theory, or wish they did. Even Dragontrail glasses are better than g3®

posted on 20 May 2013, 22:53 1

20. Dr.Phil (Posts: 924; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


I doubt that Dragontrail glass is better than Gorilla Glass 3 considering that the Dragontrail glass was only slightly better than the Gorilla Glass 2.

http://thegsminsider.blogspot.com/2013/02/corning-gorilla-glass-2-vs-agc-dragontrail-glass.html

"Dragontrail glass is six times harder than the normal soda-lime glass while the Gorilla Glass 2 is five times harder. Dragontrail glass supported 60kg of pressure while Gorilla Glass 2 supported 55kg of pressure only. These clearly reflected that the Dragontrail is better than the Gorilla Glass 2."

I would think that Gorilla Glass 3 would be at least on par with Dragontrail. Unless AGC introduces Dragontrail 2, I would say Apple would be fine using Gorilla Glass 3.

posted on 20 May 2013, 22:35 2

14. SuperNexus (Posts: 121; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


Yeah! Glass and watch. now what's remain

I am waiting for

Smart Belt and Smart Shoes

posted on 20 May 2013, 22:58 2

21. lyndon420 (Posts: 1782; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Google already has the shoes. Apple is just finishing off the buckle for their belt. Apparently the hold up is trying to find room for the apple logo next to the downward pointing arrow and the phrase "You know the drill".

posted on 21 May 2013, 02:15

27. SuperNexus (Posts: 121; Member since: 18 Jan 2013)


hahaha...Good one..

posted on 20 May 2013, 21:53 1

3. appleDOESNT.com (banned) (Posts: 456; Member since: 19 Nov 2011)


we all want bigger screens but iWatch is gonna make everyone want a 1.5" iPhone.. iSmell flops on all these SmartWatches

posted on 20 May 2013, 22:30 2

11. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


Every smartwatch to date has failed. They are a waste of time to make they are failures from the beginning like windows 8 RT tablets.

posted on 20 May 2013, 22:37

16. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Agree+1

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posted on 20 May 2013, 22:43 6

18. quadrazeus (Posts: 359; Member since: 03 May 2013)


Every tablet failed till the iPad.

posted on 20 May 2013, 23:47 3

24. iushnt (Posts: 728; Member since: 06 Feb 2013)


Because Steve Jobs was there and samsung wasn't competing.. Now the story for Apple is different.. They may need to struggle against Samsung.

posted on 21 May 2013, 06:15 3

29. chaoticrazor (Posts: 2347; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


samsung learnt from apple, both are marketing to succeed

i love how you fanboys hold samsung as your saviour yet they pull the same moves as apple

besides there are other companies, google are said to be looking into a watch and others im sure will be too

doesnt all revolve around samsung

posted on 20 May 2013, 21:55 2

4. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)


Yes. The whole World now is waiting for iWatch.
And we all now, are waiting on line in front of the AppleStore. And sleeping on the street. Please hurry.

posted on 20 May 2013, 21:59 4

5. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6678; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


no one cares for a iWatch.

posted on 20 May 2013, 22:04 5

7. darkkjedii (Posts: 12371; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


How could you possibly know that.

posted on 20 May 2013, 22:31 7

13. HDShatter (Posts: 1021; Member since: 17 Jan 2013)


What functionality does it have over a normal watch.

1. It has to be charged constantly
2. Not water proof
3. Looks stupid
4. Easy to break

Only hipsters will buy them till they release they are stupid devices.

posted on 20 May 2013, 22:40

17. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


HDshatter, what is that suppose to mean, you're name....?

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posted on 21 May 2013, 12:19

33. quakan (Posts: 1214; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


1,2,3,4 and your last sentence are all dumb of you to say because there is no confirmed information on the iWatch as of now.

posted on 21 May 2013, 20:36

34. darkkjedii (Posts: 12371; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


HD is the watch even out yet for you to know these things?You're being negatively speculative, plain and simple.

posted on 21 May 2013, 00:01 1

25. Kurai (unregistered)


I hope it has android support then i'll care

posted on 20 May 2013, 22:00 2

6. alltechinside (Posts: 247; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)


I would love to see what iWatch brings to the table. Google Glass and iWatch is probably the most anticipated devices of this year!

posted on 20 May 2013, 22:14

8. FlushGordon (unregistered)


Can somebody puhleez educate me?

What does a smartwatch do that a smartphone can't?

posted on 20 May 2013, 23:07 2

22. alltechinside (Posts: 247; Member since: 21 Apr 2013)


oh jeez, this argument again. During 2007, people were saying things like what does an iPhone do that a computer can't? You can browse the web, listen to music, access applications, watch videos, etc.... Look at a smartphone now. It's getting more popular than PCs. Even iPad (which people were saying its just a giant iphone....) or tablets are becoming popular now.

Ask yourself what made smartphones popular? Or even Tablets?
Not saying iWatch will be popular, it could might as well be a flop.
I'm trying to say that people shouldn't carelessly say things like "What's the point of ______ when ______ does the same thing?"

Just trying to tell you to open up more. It's fine to criticize something, but don't try to be ignorant and bash something until we see what it actually does.

There are some potentials with smartwatches:

1. The watch is always with you (except during shower or maybe when you sleep). So you can see notifications (from your smartphone/tablets), time, etc..
we also don't have to worry about dropping it since the watch is always wrapped on you.
2. Integrated with your phones/tablets. You don't need to take your phone out to see whose calling you, texting you, etc...
3. Siri/Google voice enhancements. Since typing on the watch is probably impossible, so we'll probably need to use Siri/Google voice more often. It will need to be even better than what we currently have on our smartphones/tablets.

Tons of other features I'm probably forgetting.

One way of thinking about an iWatch is to do phone tasks (like texting, calling, email,etc...) without taking out your phone from your pocket or bag.

In some cases, iWatch is similar to Google Glass in its functionality. Who is a better product? Only time will tell.

Hope that made you open up more....

posted on 21 May 2013, 09:16

30. pellegrini (Posts: 83; Member since: 14 Jun 2012)


So basically, it's just a Ipod Nano improved.

In my opinion, a smart glasses has more potential (bone conduction audio, augmented reality etc) than a smartwatch (... I can't see many things that a smart glasses can't do), but the last will be more natural to use/sell.

posted on 21 May 2013, 12:18

32. Droiddoes (unregistered)


So the only real point you made is it's an iphone that you can't (although I bet iTards will find a way) drop. Not having to take the what, 5 seconds it takes to check notifications/texts/calls is not a selling point to anyone but the laziest of people.

posted on 20 May 2013, 22:18

9. darkvadervip (Posts: 341; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


Same thing in comparison to a tablet to a phone without the call feature oops download an app and connect to Bluetooth it's the same.

posted on 20 May 2013, 22:30 4

12. kickrox (Posts: 6; Member since: 26 Apr 2013)


i hope it's innovative i want the company to continue to have success but i have a feeling the google or microsoft watches will be better to have

posted on 20 May 2013, 22:50

19. roscuthiii (Posts: 1863; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


I think a smartwatch by Apple is a bad idea, for them. As it is, they receive many accolades for all of the mobile web traffic they generate and all of the revenue their App Store generates from people on their iPhones and iPads.

The iWatch is a convenience/companion device that makes it so a person doesn't have to pull their iPhone/iPad out to check tests, emails, & access music/media controls (at least theoretically at this point). An iPhone that spends more time in a pocket is less likely to be generating web traffic or making App Store purchases.

posted on 20 May 2013, 23:07 3

23. verbalize (Posts: 91; Member since: 03 May 2013)


The iwatch will be a bigger hit than the google glasses. I will not wear glasses so i can use the device. The iwatch is more Practical for everyday use.

posted on 21 May 2013, 01:21

26. Trex95 (Posts: 571; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)


Apple has the watch and Google has the glass and shoe. Then what about the full suit ?! i hope not Samsung.

posted on 21 May 2013, 03:16

28. WHoyton1 (Posts: 1633; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)


Ok thing I don't get is that it tells you you have a message but then what... You have to get your phone anyway... It makes no sense... Mind you they could use sir but that takes 10mins to search who martin Luther King is so it will struggle with whole texts...

posted on 21 May 2013, 12:12 1

31. Droiddoes (unregistered)


"But with Apple seen as losing its mojo and in desperate need of producing something innovative, the powers that be at Cupertino would love to get a smartwatch launched as soon as possible, beating the competition to the punch."

LMAO, classic apple, resizing the ipod yet AGAIN is considered innovation. Oh wait, YOU WEAR IT! HOLY SH*TBALLS THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING!!!!!111!!!!1!!!!

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