New rumors have surfaced that Apple is performing a test on a 1.5-inch OLED screen for a wrist-worn device. This has led to more speculations about the possible features of the Apple iWatch. Apple Insider attributed the latest rumors about the Apple iWatch from a Japanese blog called Macotakara which said that it spotted two reports from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News talking about the testing of the device.
The source has reminded us though that the sources have hit-or-miss reputations when it comes to making unattributed rumors.
The First Report
The first report pointed out from the source claimed that the Cupertino-based company is currently conducting a test on an organic light-emitting diode displays for a watch-like device. Initially, the tests made use of 1.8-inch screens but it later shifted to a 1.5-inch panel when it realized that the former is too big for a watch.
The report added up that the display of the rumored Apple iWatch will be made by RiTdisplay from Taiwan. It said that the screen would make use of one-glass-solution touch sensors.
The source explained that although Apple has showed interest in using OLED displays for its devices, it has never integrated it into its products yet. But the product would clearly benefit a device like the Apple iWatch due to its low power consumption.
The Second Report
The next report suggested that Foxconn, the longtime manufacturing partner of Apple, has signed a contract to produce the iWatch. But the production was said to be limited to not more than a thousand units to test the waters first.
A survey conducted by ChangeWave Research which was featured by the source last month found out that 19% of consumers are interested in purchasing a smartwatch from Apple once it goes out in the market. This is a clear indication that the demand for the iWatch is more than the Mac and the iPad.
Source: Apple Insider