Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) may release the iWatch in the third quarter of this year along with theiPhone 6, claims a report from Gforgames. The report says that mass production of the iWatch will begin in July, and the company has entered into a deal with LG Display for the supply of display for the wearable gadget.
Apple partnering with LG
The news first surfaced on ddaily.co.kr, but was pulled off for some unknown reasons. According to Gforgames, Apple and LG has entered into an exclusive contract to manufacture iWatch displays.
Korean Publication insiders reported that LG Display would manufacture iWatch display panels of 1.52 inches, and would be based on its flexible P-OLED display technology (Plastic OLED). At present, this panel is being used in the G-Flex smartphones of LG. According to the report, LG would produce around 2 million units of iWatch display panels in July this year.
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The speculation that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is launching the iWatch in two different screen sizes has also made substantial rounds. One watch is supposed to have a display size of 1.3 inches, which would be for women, and other with a 1.7-inch display for men.
Much speculation over launch date
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) seemingly isn’t positioning its iWatch just as an accessory to the iPhone and iPads; instead, the watch is expected to be the controller of a home automation solution.
Some Sources claimed that Smartwatch phones will have wireless charging, and Chinese website C Technology also stated that the iWatch would be released sometime in October this year. In February 2013, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) reportedly had a team of 100 employees working on the iWatch under Jony Ive. A source from Bloomberg said that from the size of the team it could be understood that the project has passed the experimental stage of development.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) has not revealed the date or time of the iWatch launch, and since late 2013, no pictures of the supposed device has been leaked, which indicates that there may be some time before its launch.
Companies like Samsung and Sony released their Galaxy Gear and SmartWatch 2 respectively and both of them had a flat display. However, if Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) launched a curved screen then the users would find it more comfortable to wear with a larger screen. Apple’s iWatch is expected to be smaller than the 1.6 inch Galaxy Gear.