Apple is working on a smartwatch made of curved glass, according to Wall Street Journal and New York Times

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Rumors have been circulating for a couple of years now that Apple would release its own smartwatch. The previous generation iPod nano even became a popular watch option for some people. Now, reports out of The New York Times then The Wall Street Journal are saying that Apple is indeed working on a smartwatch. And it’ll be made of curved glass.

This is from the NYT’s Nick Bilton:

“In its headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., Apple is experimenting with wristwatch-like devices made of curved glass, according to people familiar with the company’s explorations, who spoke on the condition that they not be named because they are not allowed to publicly discuss unreleased products. Such a watch would operate Apple’s iOS platform, two people said, and stand apart from competitors based on the company’s understanding of how such glass can curve around the human body.”

iDB notes that this is the second time in the last 3 years that the Times is reporting a curved glass smartwatch is in development by Apple. Bilton also adds that the interest can even be seen through Apple’s executives — CEO Tim Cook has been spotted wearing a Nike FuelBand (although he is on Nike’s board of directors), and Apple Senior Vice President for Technologies, Bob Mansfield, has been said to be engrossed by these devices that connect to the iPhone, such as the FuelBand and Jawbone Up.

Jessica E. Lessin of The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple is already experimenting with the device with their manufacturing partner, Foxconn:

Apple Inc. is experimenting with designs for a watch-like device that would perform some functions of a smartphone, according to people briefed on the effort.

The company has discussed such a device with its major manufacturing partner Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., one of these people said, as part of explorations of potentially large product categories beyond the smartphone and tablet.

Whether we see this Apple smartwatch anytime soon is anyone’s guess. Rumors of an Apple television set have been around for years as well, but that product has never surfaced. But with the increasingly competitive smartphone market these days, this might just be what Apple needs. Two new disruptive products — A TV and a watch. These reports make it seem that at least one of those products could be closer to reality.

[via NYT, WSJMacRumors, iDB, image via Yrving Torrealba]

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6 comments

  1. jayesstee

    @Seamus McSeamus: Watches of the price band that an AppleWatch would command aren’t for telling the time – they are for being worn and seen.
    Apple will do well with a wider customer base than that just for their current iProducts.
    And they will probably bring out a new “must have” updated version every year!

  2. Seamus McSeamus

    I haven’t worn a wrist watch in over 10 years. I have a phone in my pocket that shows me the time, there is a clock on my car stereo, clocks on the wall everywhere you look… I’m surprised that the wrist watch still exists, to be honest. Is the lowly wrist watch still popular and I am just out of step?

  3. Frank D

    Why is curved glass or a curved glass watch considered to be innovative? Or are we really looking forward to a curved glass bracelet with an embedded watch face? Is it really a mystery “how glass can curve around the human body”?

  4. Frank D

    To me, it looks like the user would be fitting his/her wrist with a glass handcuff. It doesn’t look like it would be too comfortable. Usually, watch bands are made of flexible, stretchable, porous material. I think this might be as usable or comfortable as a glass hat.

    P.S. What are its shatter(proof) characteristics? I’d hate to have some heavy object fall on it or a door close on my wrist with this gadget on. And think of perspiration under the glass. BTW, how do you get it on and off? Does it have a hinge? And what about various sizes for different shaped wrists?