This ‘Sketchy’ iWatch Rumor May Be Right
The latest rumor on Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iWatch comes from the China Times and says that Taiwanese touchscreen maker TPK will supply a flexible touchscreen panel for the wearable device. Using flexible screen technology will allow Apple to make a device that can contour to different wrist sizes without being bulky.
Digitimes first picked up on the Chinese report, which claims that TPK is now a part of the iWatch supply chain, although the company won’t begin ramping up the production of the screens until later in the year. The report said that the iWatch will have a flexible AMOLED display with 3-D protective glass over it. The touchscreen will also use silver nanowire technology that TPK developed alongside Japanese firm Nissha Printing.
9to5 Mac pointed out that China Times doesn’t have a very good track record in terms of Apple news and called the report a “sketchy rumor.” The website said that using a curved touch-screen from TPK, which has been an Apple supplier in the past, makes perfect sense for the iWatch project, but that this report in particular shouldn’t be viewed as anything more than speculation.
Rumors about the iWatch have been kicking into high gear recently, as analysts are expecting Apple’s first venture into wearable tech to debut sometime in 2014.
One of the most anticipated aspects of the device is its rumored health-monitoring capabilities. Apple has been hiring experts from across the health industry that specialize in non-invasive health sensors, and Apple officials met with the Food and Drug Administration in December. Some have said that Apple will try to avoid the need for the device to be monitored by the FDA, and so the iWatch won’t have capabilities like blood sugar monitoring.