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Old Feb 10, 2013, 12:28 PM   #1
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NYT: Apple is Working on a Curved Glass Smart Watch




Nick Bilton reports for The New York Times that Apple is "experimenting" with smart watches made of curved glass, "according to people familiar with the company's explorations". The article notes that Corning -- the company behind the iPhone's Gorilla Glass -- has developed a bendable glass called Willow Glass that could potentially be used in a wristwatch type device that curves with the wearer's wrist.

Smart watches have been a topic of conversation in recent weeks, with the Pebble watch shipping last month, and a number of rumors regarding Apple working on a smart watch for possible launch later in 2013.
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In its headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., Apple is experimenting with wristwatch-like devices made of curved glass, according to people familiar with the company's explorations, who spoke on the condition that they not be named because they are not allowed to publicly discuss unreleased products. Such a watch would operate Apple's iOS platform, two people said, and stand apart from competitors based on the company's understanding of how such glass can curve around the human body.
In court filings between Apple and Samsung, we learned that Apple wanted to use curved glass designs in the original iPhone but the technology available at the time wasn't sufficiently advanced. With the recent advances at Corning however, it appears that Apple's curved glass ambitions could soon be coming to fruition.

Wearable fitness-focused devices were popular at CES this year, with devices like the Jawbone UP and Nike FuelBand leading the way.

Apple CEO Tim Cook is a Nike board member and spoke about his Nike FuelBand at the D10 Conference last year, but demurred about Apple's plans. He did say that wearable devices were "an interesting area", though "the book hasn't been written on that yet."

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Old Feb 10, 2013, 12:32 PM   #2
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This wouldn't happen on Steve's "watch"
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Old Feb 10, 2013, 12:34 PM   #3
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I can't wait til people who say they would never use an Apple Smartwatch buy one and realize how useful it is, like with every Apple product released
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Old Feb 10, 2013, 12:35 PM   #4
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How about that?
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Old Feb 10, 2013, 12:35 PM   #5
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Seems legit.
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Old Feb 10, 2013, 12:35 PM   #6
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I guess this could be another one of Apple's "hobby" products. Not much wide appeal but great for whoever likes that kind of thing.
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Old Feb 10, 2013, 12:36 PM   #7
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"The book hasn't been written on that yet."
You mean Cook/Apple might actually INNOVATE something NEW?
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Old Feb 10, 2013, 12:36 PM   #8
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Call me crazy ,but I think getting young people to wear a watch-like item on their wrist other than as a short-lived fad is about as likely as getting them wanting to wear a bowler hat.
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Old Feb 10, 2013, 12:38 PM   #9
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I'm sure there are lots of experiments happening in Ive's über-secret design lab. Doesn't mean they'll ever become products available for sale. I'd love to see what Apple could do in this space though.
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Old Feb 10, 2013, 12:42 PM   #10
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iWatch starting at just $499
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Old Feb 10, 2013, 12:45 PM   #11
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Old Feb 10, 2013, 12:46 PM   #12
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if it can act as a widget for apps
or use NFC chips for apps...

so many possibilities that can come with this device. bring it on apple!!

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Tognazzini believes that via apps and design, Apple would revolutionize the smart watch industry, with its curved glass designs created by Jony Ive, Siri integration, and wireless charging.
I'm very excited with this thoughts.
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Old Feb 10, 2013, 12:48 PM   #13
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Very nice ideal! I mean, who can go wrong...its a WATCH...watches will never die! A watch that can help control your iPhone, other home devices, etc., I'm definitely in!
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Old Feb 10, 2013, 12:49 PM   #14
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Am I the only one who thinks the whole smart-watch thing is a gimmick?
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Old Feb 10, 2013, 12:52 PM   #16
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I wear a Swiss automatic quite often as jewelry. I'll pass on buying an Apple watch.
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Old Feb 10, 2013, 12:52 PM   #17
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Can i just get a "Watchband" concept that attaches or works on a watchband? All i want is to have the option of my iphone only working when the sensor is in the vicinity. So theft of iphones would be useless... unless someone steals your watch as well...

Plus I want to wear my Tag watch, not a gimmick iwatch...
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Old Feb 10, 2013, 12:52 PM   #18
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"understanding of how such glass can curve around the human body."

So, how a phone curves around your leg in your pocket?
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Old Feb 10, 2013, 12:58 PM   #19
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Samsung is presumably also now working on a smart watch.

Sony has already made one. I think it is fairly logical step.
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Old Feb 10, 2013, 01:05 PM   #20
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Am I the only one who thinks the whole smart-watch thing is a gimmick?
Nope.

Stupid idea IMO.
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Old Feb 10, 2013, 01:06 PM   #21
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a watch in 2013 is as useful as my ex gf in 2012

edit: unless its something u use for a workout
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Old Feb 10, 2013, 01:10 PM   #22
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I like the idea, but I need a clean thin implementation. I like the idea of being able to change watch faces easily, and having some simple notification of texts/emails/calls is very cool.
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Old Feb 10, 2013, 01:13 PM   #23
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Or as a wearable remote to my appletv or computer or ipad? A single notification center? Or how about it having LTE and serving a a hotspot for all my devices?

a watch as a keeper of time, makes no sense...but this could be another apple disruption. I'm interested!
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Old Feb 10, 2013, 01:16 PM   #24
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So is this why they bought all of those glass cutting machines way back when? :s
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I'm sure there are lots of experiments happening in Ive's über-secret design lab. Doesn't mean they'll ever become products available for sale. I'd love to see what Apple could do in this space though.
Exactly what I was going to say.
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