Apple testing 1.5 inch OLED screen for iWatch?

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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32 Comments

1. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 2013

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

2. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

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

10. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2482; Member since: Feb 14, 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.

15. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

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

20. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2482; Member since: Feb 14, 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.

14. SuperNexus

Posts: 127; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Yeah! Glass and watch. now what's remain I am waiting for Smart Belt and Smart Shoes

3. appleDOESNT.com

Posts: 456; Member since: Nov 19, 2011

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

11. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 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.

16. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Agree+1 ®

18. quadrazeus

Posts: 359; Member since: May 03, 2013

Every tablet failed till the iPad.

24. iushnt

Posts: 3150; Member since: Feb 06, 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.

29. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 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

4. Long1

Posts: 399; Member since: May 18, 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.

5. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

no one cares for a iWatch.

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31548; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

How could you possibly know that.

13. HDShatter

Posts: 1021; Member since: Jan 17, 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.

17. TROLL

Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

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

33. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 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.

34. darkkjedii

Posts: 31548; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

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

25. Kurai unregistered

I hope it has android support then i'll care

6. alltechinside

Posts: 248; Member since: Apr 21, 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!

8. FlushGordon unregistered

Can somebody puhleez educate me? What does a smartwatch do that a smartphone can't?

22. alltechinside

Posts: 248; Member since: Apr 21, 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....

30. pellegrini

Posts: 84; Member since: Jun 14, 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.

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.

9. darkvadervip

Posts: 366; Member since: Dec 08, 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.

12. kickrox

Posts: 6; Member since: Apr 26, 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

19. roscuthiii

Posts: 2383; Member since: Jul 18, 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.

23. verbalize

Posts: 150; Member since: May 03, 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.

26. Trex95

Posts: 2383; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

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

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