iWatch With Curved OLED Display to Include NFC for Mobile Payments

iwatch_concept_ifoyucouldseeApple's upcoming "iWatch", reportedly set to be unveiled at next Tuesday's media event, will include near field communications (NFC) technology, according to The Wall Street Journal. The technology, which has already been seen on a leaked iPhone 6 logic board, will likely be used to support a mobile payments initiative.

NFC wireless is central to Apple's plans to incorporate so-called tap-to-pay into its mobile devices, allowing users to pay for goods and services using credit cards stored with iTunes, people close to Apple said.

The report goes on to claim the iWatch will be available in two sizes and carry a curved OLED display. And as extensively rumored, the device will include a variety of health and fitness sensors.

The report also reiterates recent claims that while the iWatch will be unveiled next week, it will not begin shipping until somewhat later, perhaps not until early 2015.

People familiar with Apple's plans said it is unlikely that Apple will release the smartwatch this year, because the Cupertino, Calif., company is still working out engineering kinks in production. Earlier in the year, Apple had targeted a November release, these people said.

One person familiar with Apple's suppliers said there is "no way" that it will be able to ship the iWatch this year. However, Apple hasn't changed its timetable for component suppliers that are shipping parts as scheduled to Taiwan's Quanta Computer Inc., the proposed device's manufacturer.

Sources indicate Apple will accept pre-orders for the iWatch, but timing and pricing are unknown. A previous report from Re/code claimed Apple has been weighing pricing in the $400 range, although some models would be cheaper.

(Image: iWatch concept from ifyoucouldseethefuture.com)

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Top Rated Comments

Dilster3k Avatar
110 months ago
I'll be definitely watching out for this, only time will tell if it'll be good.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jrswizzle Avatar
110 months ago
I hope so! This is where NFC for mobile payments SHOULD be. If I have to pull my phone out of my pocket, why not just pull out my wallet?

Waving my wrist seems more efficient.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Arran Avatar
110 months ago
Not that mock mockup again!
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DipDog3 Avatar
110 months ago
How does Touch ID come into play?

Wasn't the whole thing about Touch ID was to use it for mobile payments?

How is that going to work on a watch?
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Enabledobject Avatar
110 months ago
Not that mock mockup again!

Yeah, I thought we agreed to never show that mockup again.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Frankied22 Avatar
110 months ago
All of these mockups look like trash.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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