Apple testing iWatch designs – report

Apple testing ‘iWatch’ designs – report

11 FEB 2013

Speculation that Apple is working on a watch-like iOS device ramped-up over the weekend as two US reports suggested that plans are advancing.

The Wall Street Journal, citing unnamed sources, says the iPhone-maker is in discussions with Foxconn, its main supplier, over the production of such a device.

That appeared to backup an earlier report by the New York Times, which said Apple was “experimenting with wristwatch-like devices made of curved glass.. that would operate on Apple’s iOS platform.”

It notes that such a product could now be a possibility following the recent breakthrough by Corning (the maker of the ultra-tough Gorilla Glass that is used in the iPhone) to create a bendable, curved glass technology called ‘Willow Glass.’

The Wall Street Journal adds that Apple has been exploring this area for some time, according to sources, and has hired employees with backgrounds in sensors and related technologies in recent years.

“Apple’s certainly made a lot of hiring in that area,” Forrester analyst Sarah Rotman Epps told the New York Times. “Apple is already in the wearable space through its ecosystem partners that make accessories that connect to the iPhone. This makes Apple potentially the biggest player of the wearables market in a sort of invisible way.”