Apple will use flexible OLED displays for iWatch. Now testing 1.3”, 1.4” and 1.5” prototypes

Ever since WSJ report back February, there’s little doubt that Apple is working on some kind of smart watch type wearable device.

There’s been a lot of iWatch rumors and speculation since then, and even some patents from Apple’s R&D labs, proving that they are indeed doing something.

And here’s another set of rumors, coming from Korea this time.  According to Chosun Ilbo, Apple has decided to use flexible OLED displays for its iWatch. And it is now testing the smart watch prototypes with 3 different display sizes – 1.3”, 1.4” and 1.5”.

According to one of Chosun Ilbo sources, “A prototype of the 1.5-inch has already been made“. Though the actual release date is still unknown.

Apple iWatch flexible OLED

If those rumors are true, Apple’s smart watch sounds much more like a Pebble kind design, than anything even remotely resembling Samsung Galaxy Gear. And when the iWatch is finally unveiled,  it will probably have Samsung scrapping their current Galaxy Gear plans again, rapidly following with their own  small and thin Gear x. With all the current Gear app makers re-coding their apps for the new kind of Samsung watch.

And one final thought. I wonder who will be the supplier of flexible OLED displays for iWatch?

After all their history with Galaxy smartphones, I very much doubt Apple wants to share their new category device plans with Samsung. The specs for iWatch display would simply give up too much information about it. That only leaves LG as a potential supplier with advanced enough flexible OLED mass production capabilities.

Are LG’s still very low flexible OLED production yields the main reason holding back the announcement of iWatch?

Author: Stasys Bielinis

While I like to play with the latest gadgets, I am even more interested in broad technology trends. With mobile now taking over the world - following the latest technology news, looking for insights, sharing and discussing them with passionate audience - it's hard to imagine a better place for me to be. You can find me on Twitter as @UVStaska'

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