We’ve been talking about flexible displays for years now, but while they’ve been keenly shown off at trade shows across the globe, we’ve yet to get our hands on a commercially available “bendy phone”.
Coming out of Korea, we’re told that the Apple iWatch might in fact have a flexible display, in one of three tiny wee sizes.
Credit here goes to The Chosunilbo, which in turn gives credit to, er, “industry sources”.
They’re saying that the Apple iWatch will ship with “a plastic OLED monitor that can be bent.” That sounds to me like it can actually be bent by the user, as opposed to simply being curved and/or more durable.
As for iWatch display sizes, they reckon Apple is considering 1.3, 1.4 and 1.5in, with a full prototype of the latter already made.
Amusingly, The Cho’ writes: “It remains to be seen whether Apple can repeat its habitual trick of improving innovations so much that it acquires a kind of monopoly on the popular imagination.” Brilliant.
Samsung recently launched its Galaxy Gear, though it’s billed as a “companion device” for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 2014 Edition, rather than something that has any standalone usefulness. Heck, even Samsung acknowledges that it’s a bit rubbish.
As for Apple, the Californians appear to be taking their time, so it might well be 2014 before we meet the iWatch.