Tim Cook has said himself this year that Apple will be entering new product categories and as such many are predicting that this new category will be smartwatches.
Now the China Times has reported on some new information regarding the iWatch, Apple’s much-rumored smartwatch. This information is in relation to the display, one of the most important aspects of the device. It was stated via DigiTimes that the Taiwanese touch panel maker TPK will be supplying panels which will feature a flexible AMOLED display and 3D protective glass.
There is also speculation that the iWatch will use silver nanowire touch screen technology developed by TPK in conjunction with Japan-based Nissha Printing. The reason why silver nanowire technology is ideal is because of the transparency to the eye and adaptability to curved screens.
TPK formed a strategic alliance with Japan-based Nissha Printing to develop silver nanowire technology and will begin production of silver nanowire touch panels with an initial monthly capacity of two million units in April 2014, company president Tom Sun said back at an October 31, 2013 investors conference.
Of course the flexible display would allow Apple to make the screen longer without worrying about different wrist sizes, as it would ultimately wrap around easily.
So when will the iWatch be released?
According to the report mass production has been scheduled for the second half of 2014, which is just around the corner.