According to the New York TimesApple would experiment with a new prototype of an intelligent communicating watch, developed in flexible glass, the iWatch.
We're already talking about "Apple's next innovation", while Sony, Pebble and other manufacturers already have at least one smart watch model to their credit, not to mention the iPod Nano, which was easily worn on the wrist in the 2010 and 2011 versions.
This watch would be made with a new version of scratch-resistant glass... Gorilla Glass from the Corning Company... flexible glass, called "Willow."This would allow the integration of a wrist-shaped screen, giving it a very futuristic look.
An integrated voice recognition service
According to the NYT, the multitask bracelet would combine the functions of a laptop, radio, GPS or television. The new innovation could even incorporate iPhone features such as voice recognition service. Sirior even a payment system, depending on the day-to-day business.
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An ecological watch?
The product would incorporate a system that would allow it to save a maximum amount of energy. The device would include, among other things, solar energy collectors and a kinetic recovery mechanism, which transforms the user's movements into energy.
And like a Samsung Galaxy SIII, the watch would be able to define whether the user is watching it or not and modify its modus operandi accordingly. Its autonomy could thus wait several weeks.
Consomac.frThe Mac and Apple Buyer's Guide has a few nuances: "The rest is less clear, but everyone agrees that iWatch should not be equipped with 3G or 4G LTE antennas. As a wizard connected to the iPhone, iWatch would only have Bluetooth connectivity, and would talk to the Apple phone as needed. As we understand it, the iWatch would not be a stand-alone product. Or, at least, it would only be fully exploited when an iPhone is present.
Moreover, one can easily understand the major problem that Apple will encounter in the design of this watch and the interest of limiting the number of components: it is the autonomy. Can you imagine, as for the iPhone, charging your watch every night? Bluetooth 4 consumes very little, and it would be wise not to equip the iWatch with Wi-Fi connectivity, for example. Bruce Tognazzini points to a very interesting patent granted to Apple two months ago (see news : Wireless charging for Apple?), which would allow the iWatch to be recharged wirelessly whenever a computer is nearby. This would indeed solve some problems! »
In conclusion, again via the latest paper from Consomac.fr, the iWatch is not for tomorrow! Because, according to James Clappin, president of Corning Glass Technologies, it will take a minimum of three years for Willow Glass to be used for flexible appliances.