Sketchy Report Claims LG to Provide Flexible OLED Displays for Apple's iWatch

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    According to a report [Google Translate of cached version] from Korean publication Digital Daily that was published and then pulled (via G 4 Games), Apple has inked a deal with LG to provide flexible, plastic OLED displays for the company's iWatch product. LG is allegedly the sole supplier of the 1.52-inch panels for Apple's rumored smart watch device.

    Image from Apple's "bracelet" with wraparound display patent
    LG is said to be starting mass production of these flexible panels starting in July 2014 with an initial target volume of 2 million units, and Apple chose these panels because they are thin, light, and provide adequate brightness with minimal power consumption, insiders claim. LG introduced the display technology in early 2013 and incorporated the panel in its curved LG G Flex smartphone, which was unveiled in October of last year.

    Besides a flexible display, other rumors have suggest the iWatch will be launched in the second half of 2014 with wireless charging as a possible feature. OLED has been a commonly rumored technology for the iWatch, but other sources have pointed to different display sizes for the device, including the possibility of separate sizes in the 1.3-inch and 1.6-inch ranges for men and women.

    Apple is said to be continuing to work through issues with battery life, display technology, and manufacturing on the iWatch, with the device said to feature biosensors and mapping features and run a "full" version of iOS.

    The reason for the removal of today's report about the claimed deal with LG is unclear, and with no rumor track record for Digital Daily it is difficult to assess the reliability of the claims.

    Article Link: Sketchy Report Claims LG to Provide Flexible OLED Displays for Apple's iWatch
  2. DrManhattan macrumors member

    Dec 27, 2013
    Makes sense. Samsung makes better displays, but they steal your technology. Pick your poison.
  3. taptic macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2012
    Gosh... really slim pickings these days if that's the only other supplier Apple could go to.
  4. KdParker macrumors 601


    Oct 1, 2010
    Looking forward to the design possibilties that could come from flexible display. :)

    Hopefully we will not have to wait until 2016 and beyond.
  5. 3282868 macrumors 603

    Jan 8, 2009
    Nice. Now produce a paper thin, OLED "newspaper" that changes with headlines and can be rolled up, and I'm sold.
  6. TimeSquareDesi macrumors 6502


    Apr 25, 2013
    I'm totes New Yorkian
  7. osx11 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 16, 2011
    And then you have a really awkwardly-shaped role that's fragile and difficult to carry around?
  8. JaySoul macrumors 68020


    Jan 30, 2008
    Ooooh this is actually intriguing!

    A flexible display mixing iOS and FuelBand-like technology sounds dope.
  9. downpour macrumors 6502

    Oct 20, 2009
    I'm probably not going to buy one of these, but I'm looking forward to seeing a new Apple product that looks futuristic and groundbreaking again.
  10. thekeyring macrumors 68040

    Jan 5, 2012
    If Apple went as far as they could with a minimal design, the iWatch could be as simple as a band you wear around your wrist that is all screen.

    Instead of pages of apps, you have several icons/widgets and a 'live' clock face that you can scroll through. Just an idea, but it'll be interesting to see what they release.
  11. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    New York
  12. ArtOfWarfare macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
    Wireless charging may make sense... The Gear's charging system looks awkward. (Plug this tiny cable into this postage stamp sized device.)

    One thing about this though... I can't see women wearing watches. The few watches that I've seen girls wear look nothing like the ones that guys wear or smart watches look like. It's be interesting to see if Apple manages a single design that both genders would wear. Plus, I remember as a child not liking watches because they never fit my wrist well. On the rare occasion I had a watch as a kid I wore it on my belt loop - watches didn't fit my wrists well until I was ~14.

    It seems to me that smart watches, no matter how cool, could only be sold to ~1/3 of the human population, based on the fact that only adult male wrists are large enough for them on average.
  13. 3282868 macrumors 603

    Jan 8, 2009
    When the tech catches up, shouldn't be.

    This is years off, of course.
  14. GeneralChang macrumors 65816

    Dec 2, 2013
    Holy cow, I think I’d start reading the paper again. That would be cool. Great thought.
  15. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

    Jul 16, 2002
    You heard it here first (and second, and third...), it's going to be called the iWatch!

    Ha, ha, ha. Sure.
  16. batchtaster macrumors 65816

    Mar 3, 2008
    Pffft…. if you're going to go that far, "just" put a little projector in the flexible watch that lets you read your holographic newspaper Minority Report-style. The initial cost and the repair/replacement cost for your 20-inch diagonal (minimum) flexible newspaper screen would be significant.
  17. 3282868 macrumors 603

    Jan 8, 2009
    lol You caught me, "Minority Report" was exactly what I was thinking. :eek:
  18. ArtOfWarfare macrumors 604


    Nov 26, 2007
    Why wouldn't it be? iMac, iBook, iPod, iPhone, iPad, iTunes, iWork, iLife, iMovie, iBook, iCal, iTV (never mind the fact that the last two + the iBook were later renamed) - do you doubt that the first letter of the name will be 'i'? And Apple has rarely made up the main word of the product... Mac came from Macintosh and Cal from Calendar, so neither of those were really made up - just shortened. Pod is the only word they really made up (or at least seems unrelated to the product.) So "Watch" seems like a reasonable guess. "Time" or a unit of time (the "iSec"?) might also be reasonable, or possibly a reference to the fact it goes on your wrist. iWrist or iWear? iWatch seems most probable to me - everything else seems awkward.
  19. Tankmaze macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2012
    that looks very familiar to this


    but flexible OLED definitely interesting, not sure the technology is ready though.
  20. nazaar macrumors 6502a


    Oct 28, 2008
    Sketchy reports.... I'll say! That sketch is horrible!! I'm glad my hand doesn't look like that.

  21. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

    IJ Reilly

    Jul 16, 2002
    Hmm, I didn't say any of that. But what I will say is that MR can't seem to decide editorially whether the iWatch name is just a placeholder (in which case it should always be in quotes, which it is only sometimes), or the actual name for the product. They went through the same exercise with the iPad, which MR was certain was going to be called the "iSlate" despite the obvious problems with that name that so many pointed out. (This is true, you could look it up.)

    Similarly, iWatch is unlikely to be the product's real name. First, it is closely associated with ancient, single-purpose technology. Strike one. Second, it associated with a growing class of "smart watches," most of which are geeky and not very compelling functionally. Strike two. Third, it limits the imaginations of potential buyers of the product and developers alike about what the product can do. Strike three, you're out.

    But it must be called the iWatch, because MR says so. And they are always right on the money.
  22. JaySoul macrumors 68020


    Jan 30, 2008
    As an owner of a FuelBand, a score of 6500 is frickin' high.
  23. SmileyBlast! macrumors 6502a


    Mar 1, 2011
    It would be fun and nice to see Apple get the iWatch right even as Samsung failed with the Galaxy Gear.

    Still if you already have an iPhone and you think that screen is too small, I don't really see how the iWatch will appeal.

    I'm gonna have to wait and see.
  24. imageWIS macrumors 6502a

    Mar 17, 2009
    That's what happens when you push the envelope.
  25. chumpy34 macrumors 6502


    Jun 28, 2010
    I think you may be on to something. We have all thought this would be a traditional watch with smart features but I know Tim is a big fan of Nike's bands and he's a health nut too, so maybe the iWatch will be a bit more like a band than a watch but still have some crossover functions. Either way, I am jazzed for it and something new...

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