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Both The New York Times Bits blog and the Wall Street Journal have
reported that Apple is currently developing a smart watch. According to
anonymous sources, the company is experimenting with “wristwatch-like devices
made of curved glass” that would operate on Apple’s iOS platform in its
Cupertino headquarters.

The New York Times report says that Apple’s watch would differentiate itself from
competing devices “based on the company’s understanding of how such glass
can curve around the human body” (like a Kraken tentacle, eh?). Though it’s
unclear what features the watch will have or even when it will be released, it’s
reasonable to assume that an Apple watch will be constructed from glass from
Corning, which made the Gorilla Glass that is used in the iPhone and
announced last year that after a decade of development, it had created bendable
glass, called Willow Glass.

Pete Bocko, the chief technology officer for Corning Glass Technologies, told the
New York Times, that “you can certainly make [WIllow Glass] wrap around a
cylindrical object and that could be someone’s wrist. Right now, if I tried to make
something that looked like a watch, that could be done using this flexible glass.”

This is not the first time that reports of an Apple watch have surfaced. Last
December, Chinese gadget news site Tech.163 said that Apple may be in the
process of developing its own smartwatch that connects Apple devices via
Bluetooth. That report said Apple would be working with Intel to create the smart
watch with a 1.5-inch PMOLED display made by RiTDisplay with ITO-coated
glass.

Like every other Apple rumor that has ever surfaced and will continue to
surface, time without end, this one should be taken with a little sprinkling of salt
(maybe a soupcon of Green-e certified Himalayan salt, because this is Apple that
we’re talking about). But there are several signs that an Apple smart watch may
indeed soon come to fruition. Many users rig the iPad nano into a full-functioning
watch with the simple addition of an overpriced wristband. But the iPod
nano/strap combo faces stiff competition from high-profile upstarts like the e-
paper, Bluetooth-enabled Pebble, which started shipping watches at the end of
January after raising an impressive $10.2 million on Kickstarter. Even Sony has
its own smart watch, called (ahem) SmartWatch, which works with Android-
based smartphones.

It would be a wise move for Apple to get on the watch bandwagon as soon as
possible. As MG Siegler noted a few weeks ago, it would be surprising if
competitors like Google aren’t also working on their own smart watches. There
are a lot of people out there who would enjoy the convenience of a bluetooth
watch connected to their smartphones, not just for the convenience but also to
play out their Dick Tracy fantasies (or, in my case, their Penny from Inspector
Gadget fantasies).

				
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Description: Apple Reportedly Developing A Curved Glass Smart Watch... Both The New York Times Bits blog and the Wall Street Journal have reported that Apple is currently developing a smart watch. According to anonymous sources, the company is experimenting with “wristwatch-like devices made of curved glass” that would operate on Apple’s iOS platform in its Cupertino headquarters.,,,,,,,,,