Apple iWatch to come in 2 sizes using flexible OLED display with sapphire, allow mobile payments via NFC


The Apple iWatch will sport a flexible OLED display and NFC connectivity that could enable its use for mobile payments as a sort of a digital wallet, according to reports by the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. 

The information arrives five days before the expected official unveiling of the iWatch on September 9th, and appears in the publications Apple has traditionally trusted to to lift the cover off its upcoming devices just slightly and raise excitement about the upcoming event.

So what will the iWatch be? The New York Times tells us that the wearable will come in two sizes (earlier today, we heard about a 1.3”, Pebble-sized iWatch, and a larger, 1.5” one model, both likely rectangular) and have a flexible screen protected by sapphire glass, and it will use wireless charging. Apple has allegedly even considered solar charging for the iWatch, but has eventually opted for wireless instead.

Moreover, for the n-th time, we’re hearing that the wearable will be able to record health and fitness signs like heart rate, plus it’d be able to count the steps you’ve taken throughout the day. This might seem mundane, but the focus here is on the tremendous accuracy of those measurements: Apple has reportedly “put an enormous amount of time and money” to have the sensors tracking “much more accurately than existing fitness devices”. All of that data will be pushed to Apple’s HealthKit app, and the iWatch as a whole will make good use of the ‘continuity’ concept and the newly announced Handoff feature for data sharing.

The other big news about the iWatch, coming from the Wall Street Journal, is that it will support a near-field communications (NFC) chip, most likely for mobile payments. We’ve already reported news about Apple collaborating with American Express, Visa, and MasterCard for an iPhone-powered payment system, but the exciting news is that the iWatch is also joining this ecosystem. Many others have tried to kickstart mobile payments and Google had it as early as in 2011 with the Nexus S, but the feature never gained wide-market acceptance.

NFC’s use, however, is hardly limited to just mobile payments: you can use a device like an NFC iWatch instead of your subway card, just swiping it to grab a ticket, or for turning on lights, or easier pairing with devices. Speaking of lights, an NFC-enabled iWatch is also something that would enable Apple to move into home automation.

Apple plans to start accepting pre-orders for the device way before it actually arrives on the market. Expectations are that the iWatch release date will be in 2015, despite earlier promises by Apple CEO Tim Cook to bring a new category of devices this year.


source: WSJ, NY Times (paywalled)

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40 Comments

1. Antimio

Posts: 313; Member since: Nov 11, 2013

No comments here.

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 30966; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That is a comment

2. AlikMalix unregistered

It just got posted. Give it a second some people don't live on this forum.

3. Python212

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 13, 2014

I thought Apple and their die hard fans hated OLED.....

7. AlikMalix unregistered

I don't think apple customers care what screen tech and specs are. They just care if it sharp, easy on battery, proper colors, and responsive. I could care less what type it is - not chasing specs here, I'm in it for experience. So far apple hardware, iOS, and its ecosystem have been best. Even on my PC at home (not a Mac) my favorite two software other than games is iTunes and iCloud control center. It makes my PC seamlessly and wirelessly interact with my personal devices. The iCloud drive and iCloud software for PC (forgot what it's called) that will ship with iOS 8 is going to further improve that experience.

9. Python212

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 13, 2014

Jobs & Apple fans always have voiced their opinions on the OLED tech in a bad way and some still do. I guess now that Apple's going to use the OLED tech, Apple customers won't care anymore....kind of like with bigger screen phones.... And you like iTunes? iTunes was the biggest reason why I switched to Android phones.

10. Ninetysix

Posts: 2962; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Did OLED tech improve these past few months/years?

11. Python212

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 13, 2014

Yes, IMO but not according to Apple fans & samsung haters.

40. techspace

Posts: 1037; Member since: Sep 03, 2012

That is because it wasn't as good in those days...it has improved with time....if they think that it is good enough today, they will use it. Don't talk about fanboys and haters, they won't decide what the company does...even samsung fanboys used to say that color accuracy is not important and after the galaxy s5 was released, they started telling how important color accuracy is. Even Samsung and Google don't care about their fanboys....samsung manufactures for apple and google provides all it's latest and greatest services to apple via the app store.

12. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Your fav software iTunes? You got to be joking.. one of the most crappy programs I know and despite all the updates, it's still crappy.

16. AlikMalix unregistered

iTunes has saved my music collection. It was a mess. Now it's organized into perfect playlists, all the songs brought up to high bit rate, incomplete tracks repaired. It syncs my media on the go on all my devices, it keeps my devices always backed up (not just media) and I can purchase music and listen to radio all from one spot. At first I was like you, but then I went to an apple store and they run me thru the basics - turned out I was overthinking the simplicity of using it. It makes ore sense if your a Mac user, but I've been using PC my entire life - we the PC users are trained to do things the hardest, bro. I have shown some people how things work on iTunes and they're not going back to their media software. But I do believe you that iTunes used to make some turn away from using it. To be honest u don't need iTunes today to fully use your iPhone.

18. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

everything you just mentioned about iTunes can almost any other music program do xD. its neither special or unique.. The thing i hate the most about using iOS is the darn iTunes its sluggish and feels inconvenient and i wish i could remove it and never see it again on my Ipad.. But this is My experience and my opinion. We all have our own, so if you're happy with iTunes good for you.

22. Vexify

Posts: 570; Member since: Jun 16, 2014

I never use iTunes with my iPhone. Ever. All my updates are over the air (OTA) and I use Spotify or Pandora for music. Most people don't use iTunes that own iPhones. The ecosystem doesn't "force" you to use iTunes like haters claim it does. People just speak poorly of it because it is Apple. Just like people speak poorly about George W Bush or Obama, because he is the president, of which they do not prefer. Preference preference preference. Haters - learn the word.

26. Python212

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 13, 2014

even this guy thinks iTunes is useless then you know for sure iTunes is a worthless piece of crap.

30. AlikMalix unregistered

Wait other programs can backup your iPhone, iPad, iPod? You can purchase from iTunes? And they all update your music to high bitrate, repair partial tracks (when the song isn't complete), and store it all on a cloud for access at anytime? Cool, point me to one that does all that. Granted, that sometimes unjust want a basic MP3 player, but I kind of like how it's all packaged for me. Common guys, I just mentioned iTunes in my post about apples choices on hardware and software, and this whole topic was changed from iWatch to iTunes. This is not the place. You don't like it - no sweat of my back - I didn't like it at first either, but I didn't know how to use it. Some people prefer MS Draw, some Photoshop (and Photoshop is not a pick-up and go software). And for those wondering - I do not use iTunes or wires to drop images, videos, and files to camera roll on my iDevices - I haven't for a long long time. Speaker of apples choices - they choose to provide a large group of people who are trained and paid to assist you with any problem or question u may have (hardware or software) for FREE. They also organize classes to train you on every part of their software for FREE all in the same local store that can also repair your device of that's the case of your troubles. Apple chooses to do that for their costumes just like they choose what screen they will use on their iWatch. I didn't pay $200 for my iPhone I got it for FREE - unpaid for the experience. Thank you for reading.

31. Python212

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 13, 2014

well I just mentioned apple using OLED on their smartwatch and you brought up the iTunes. This whole topic was changed from iWatch to iTunes because of you.

34. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Google Play Music does most of what you listed (syncing your music acroos your devices, downloading cover art, complete music, even offer suggestions) and you don't need to subscribe to some iTunes Match to use any of these features. Don't think iTunes is the holy grail of media organisers.

20. Python212

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 13, 2014

I just click and drop which doesn't require any special bloated software and my music collection isn't a mess. iTunes and other unwanted apple update programs also slows down your PC. I'm not sure if things have changed now but I wasn't even able to delete pics, videos & music without the iTunes. My iPhone 4 needed the bloated iTunes.

21. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

It's not the how to use it that bothers me. It's the way it looks, the way it crashes. All the sh#tty things that it installs in the background. It's a piece of crap software. And dont tell me I'm trained to do the things the hardest. I use Windows, OSX, Linux and OS400. I know what works best and fastest for me. I dont own an iPhone any more, but I do still use iTunes to support al the iOS users at work.

33. tedkord

Posts: 17307; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Apple hardware has always been good, but seldom the best. And, while I know it's subjective, neither has iOS. Not since about 2009-10.

37. na7noo7

Posts: 278; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

OLED and AMOLED > Super LCD and TRILUMINOS > Retina < TFT. They will probably say the same thing next time.

4. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

If Apple comes up with good battery (which I highly doubt) it most probably be the best smartwatch and surely best selling. Concepts are awesome but we all know it'll look nowhere near like this

6. Armchair_Commentator

Posts: 222; Member since: May 08, 2014

yes Battery life is going to be a huge part of my first smartwatch purchase, a 2 day charge is bare minimum and it only gets better the longer it lasts

14. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Agreed. The Moto 360 is rumored to have 2 and a half days battery life per charge. Though I now have my eye on the LG G watch R. We shall see if it meets my expectations. ... obviously I'm not in the iWatch market, but that doesn't mean I can't be interested and read the articles.

5. marbovo

Posts: 658; Member since: May 16, 2013

Why so many concepts?!?!

8. dorianb

Posts: 617; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

What if it comes out with a square screen, less than 2 days on a charge, non-inductive charging, & a polyurethane band?

15. Scott93274

Posts: 6032; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Then we'll call it the Galaxy Gear. lol.

17. AlikMalix unregistered

I don't care who you are - that's funny right there.

19. Astoni

Posts: 649; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Best thing i've read all day xD

23. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

lol that made laugh louder than I care to admit lol

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