Apple is reportedly working on a twatch made from bendable glass that would operate on its operating system, the iOS.
The New York Times has quoted people familiar with the situation as saying that the company is currently experimenting with a wristwatch-like device in its Cupertino headquarters, using what is presumed to be glass from Corning, the company which supplies glass for iPhones.
Though additional information on the watch's specification is still not known, the bendable feature is what would set apart Apple from its competitors. Several smartwatches are already available in the market that will show tweets, Facebook messages, emails and other alerts.
But Apple's smartwatch is expected to incorporate additional features such as call activation, which would be easier due to the presence of voice assistant Siri. This feature would supplement touchscreens, thereby making it easier to communicate, believe technology experts.
"We believe technology could progress to a point where consumers have a tablet plus wearable computers, like watches or glasses, that enable simple things like voice calls, texting, quick searches, navigation," the New York Times quoted Gene Munster, an analyst at Piper Jaffray, as saying. "These devices are likely to be cheaper than an iPhone and could ultimately be Apple's best answer to addressing emerging markets."
News of Apple coming out with a smartwatch started doing the rounds last year, soon after Corning announced that it had succeeded in creating bendable glass called Willow Glass.
One of the properties of the Willow Glass is that it can be wrapped around a structure as it is highly flexible. "You can certainly make it wrap around a cylindrical object and that could be someone's wrist," Pete Bocko, the chief technology officer for Corning Glass Technologies, told the New York Times. "Right now, if I tried to make something that looked like a watch, that could be done using this flexible glass."
Interestingly, in the same month, a Chinese website reported that the Cupertino-based company was exploring a watch with a 1.5-inch display that will also have Bluetooth connectivity.