Apple Smart Watch Being Developed?

Is tech giant Apple really working on a smart watch, a gadget that will make those worn by Dick Tracy, James Bond and Inspector Gadget in sci-fi movies a reality? Apparently.

The New York Times Bits blog and the Wall Street Journal report that the California-based company is developing and experimenting in its Cupertino headquarters “wristwatch-like devices made of curved glass” powered by its iOS platform.

iWatch concept 2013
Photo: iWatch concept by the Redmond Pie
A source told WSJ that Apple’s supply chain factory Foxconn has been “working on a spate of technologies that could be used in wearable devices.”

Expected to be called iWatch, The New York Times report states that Apple’s smart watch will be different from competing products “based on the company’s understanding of how such glass can curve around the human body.”

If rumors are true, it will be made of the Willow Glass, a bendable glass created by Corning, maker of the Gorilla Glass that is being used in the iPhone. Corning Glass Technologies chief technology officer Pete Bocko has spoken with the NY Times about it.

“You can certainly make it wrap around a cylindrical object and that could be someone’s wrist,” Bocko reportedly said, adding that “right now, if I tried to make something that looked like a watch, that could be done using this flexible glass.”

The WSJ report said industry analysts predict that Apple would release a product with various functions designed to work with iOS devices, particularly the iPhone.