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LG Again Rumored to be Sole Supplier of Flexible Displays for iWatch

LG will be the sole supplier for flexible displays to be used in the iWatch as Apple looks to launch the device later this year in two sizes, according to a report from Korea's Naver [Google Translate, via GforGames].

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iWatch concept by Todd Hamilton, based on the Nike FuelBand

The report notes that Apple is targeting to sell 9 million iWatch units by the end of the year with LG's collaboration, as the device itself will be released in September. The report also claimed that the iWatch will come in two different sizes of 1.3 inches and 1.5 inches, which falls in line with previous reports about the smartwatch.

In February, a report from Korean publication Digital Daily shared similar details, noting also that LG would be the sole supplier of the panels for the iWatch, and that the Korean company would start mass production of the flexible displays starting in July 2014. Apple was rumored to have selected LG's panels because they were thin, light and provided adequate brightness with minimal power consumption; characteristics that the company is said to have been pursuing for the device's display.

In addition to being released in two separate sizes and featuring a flexible display, the iWatch is also rumored to come with a multitude of biometric sensors and include integration with the iPhone, iPad, and Mac. In a research note last week, KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi also estimated that Apple will release the iWatch at multiple price points and in a variety of materials, with the highest-end selling for thousands of dollars.

Apple is expected to reveal the iWatch later this year alongside iOS 8 and the iPhone 6.

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24 weeks ago

All this iwatch talk is really telling. This is going to happen. We all would insist to be notified at WWDC but it certainly won't be surprised on us till toward the holiday season.

I for one welcome out new furtistic handcuffs.

What a crazy time we live in. :eek:


It's definitely going to happen, Siri told me so.
Rating: 7 Votes
24 weeks ago
Good Guy LG. Always in the back, providing materials.
Rating: 6 Votes
24 weeks ago

So you work for Apple and know what future products Apple will be releasing? Wonder which NDA you broke to say this.

/sarcasm

Seriously no one Apart from Apple themselves know what future products Apple will release. We can only guess based on the rumours. If any non Apple employee claims they know then they are lying or mixing up rumour with fact.


haha relax. this is a mac RUMORS website.
Rating: 5 Votes
24 weeks ago

Would there really be a point to having 2 models that are only .2 inches different size? Just wondering.


That's what she said!
Rating: 4 Votes
24 weeks ago

It diesn't make sense to me that a sapphire display glass - with a hardness of 9 just behind diamond - is paired with a flexible display. Can anybody explain that?


To bend the display so it can be pressed against the inside of the curved glass protecting the display? The screen wouldn't bend as an after-market product.

Maybe by bending the screen, it would wrap around your wrist better while keeping the shell thin enough? Same reason they may be researching flexible batteries.

And maybe it might reduce the chances of the screen itself breaking if the glass shatters? It's going to be more succeptible to outdoor conditions as a wearable, after all.
Rating: 3 Votes
24 weeks ago

So you work for Apple and know what future products Apple will be releasing? Wonder which NDA you broke to say this.

/sarcasm

Seriously no one Apart from Apple themselves know what future products Apple will release. We can only guess based on the rumours. If any non Apple employee claims they know then they are lying or mixing up rumour with fact.


iWatch is coming cause my iPhone autocorrects iwatch to iWatch :D
Rating: 3 Votes
24 weeks ago
Wrists aren't round
Rating: 3 Votes
24 weeks ago
surprised if it is coming out this year we haven't even seen any "leaked" pics, only mockups. apple's security must be off the charts on this one.
Rating: 2 Votes
24 weeks ago
Maybe I am the only one. But I wish they make a standalone functioning device taking calls or display calls. So I don't have to carry my iWatch + iPhone + iPad at all times. Not another Pebble.
Rating: 2 Votes
24 weeks ago



Will this be a watch (like the Samsung Gear) or a bracelet (like the Fitbit)?


I would be happy with either of those choices.

However... this mockup looks like a rigid bangle bracelet that will spin completely around your wrist.

I hope it's not that...
Rating: 2 Votes

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