According to the New York Times, Apple is experimenting with curved glass (a.k.a.) willow glass to make a smart watch which will curve around your wrist. The watch-like theoretical iOS device could have Siri, Apple’s personal assistant, Apple Maps, which would give you directions as you walk around town, and also could make use of Passbook, Apple’s digital payment software.
The type of glass that could possibly be used is from the makers of Gorilla Glass – Corning. They have managed to get around the engineering problem and have created Willow Glass ‘that can flop as easily as a piece of paper in the wind without breaking.’
The chief technology officer at Corning told the New York Times paper,”You can certainly make it 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 rumour speculating that Apple could be making a smart watch though. Last year, in December, a Chinese blog called Tech.163 reported that Apple had started to develop a 1.5-inch, Bluetooth enabled, iOS watch. And at CES 2013, the much anticipated Pebble Watch made it’s first appearance, as well as the Martian Passport Watch.
Smart watches are starting to become all the craze, some of the most successful Kickstarter projects have been smart watches or watch-like devices. As such there is an obvious demand from the consumer for a smart watch to be made by a reputable company like Apple. And originally Apple was leading the way with its iPod Nano that adopted a watch-like form factor. As I am sure you know however, Apple moved away from the watch form factor, which surprised many people and lead to speculation the fruit company might actually be developing a fully fledged watch.