Monday, February 11, 2013

Apple iWatch May Use Curved Glass

by Dexter Jaekel
Back when the Pebble was first announced on, I was excited for the possibilities and disappointed with the limitations. Anyone who listens to the weekly Tech Fixation Podcast should know that I am an avid Apple fanboy. I just like the quality that they bring to the table. So, I was very displeased to see that the Pebble E-Paper SmartWatch was limited in it's abilities to interact with an iPhone. I, then, began to think that Apple would turn their iPod Nano (which was already being used as a makeshift watch by some people) into an official Apple iWatch, but I was disappointed once again when Apple took it in a different direction and made the Nano larger.

A recent report by the New York Times has brought new excitement back into my heart for the chances of an iWatch. In the report, they cite a few unnamed sources who claim that Apple is working on a wearable Smartwatch that utilizes curved glass. At first, you will probably think of a sleak watch with rounded glass edges that are soft to the touch, but then you should open your mind up to the idea of a wristband with full touch screen capabilities. Apple has not made any comments about this smartwatch, so the possibilities are endless for how it could turn out. 

Sarah Rotman Epps, who is a Forrester analyst specialising in wearable computers and smartphones, is quoted as saying, "Apple is already in the wearable space through its ecosystem partners that make accessories that connect to the iPhone. This makes Apple potentially the biggest player of the wearables market in a sort of invisible way. Over the long term wearable computing is inevitable for Apple; devices are diversifying and the human body is a rich canvas for a computer. But I'm not sure how close we are to a new piece of Apple hardware that is worn on the body."

It's true we really have no idea how soon this technology will be unveiled and made available to the public, but curved glass has been confirmed by Corning (the company that makes the Gorilla Glass that Apple uses in the iPhone). Corning has developed what they call Willow Glass which can "flop as easily as paper in the wind" and has been in developement for over a decade.

I, personally, can't wait and I hope that Apple will unveil it during the event they traditionally have in March. Please enjoy a few images of what this iWatch could look like.

Written by Dexter Jaekel
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