Apple has chosen LG Electronics as its sole manufacturing partner for the iWatch, according to a new report from Korea. The device is expected to use the same curved OLED display technology LG recently debuted with its G Flex smartphone, and production could begin during the third quarter of this year.
It’s worth pointing out that shortly after publishing its report, Korea’s DDaily pulled it again without explanation. Make of that what you will. Fortunately for us, the information was picked up and passed on by a number of websites before it vanished.
According to sources, Apple’s iWatch will feature a 1.52-inch POLED (plastic OLED) display like the LG G Flex. This suggests the device will sport a curved design that’ll wrap around your wrist. LG’s display has already become pretty famous for its strength and flexibility, which allows the G Flex to bend without breaking when sufficient pressure is applied.
That’s exactly the kind of display you’ll want on a smartwatch, which is likely to get bashed around pretty frequently on your wrist all day.
DDaily’s sources also claimed that iWatch production will begin during the third quarter of this year with an initial product run of 2 million units. The report doesn’t state when the device might be available to consumers, but we’d imagine Apple would want it to go on sale before the lucrative holiday shopping period begins.
We’re not familiar with DDaily’s track record when it comes to Apple or LG rumors, and the fact that its report was pulled shortly after it was posted doesn’t fill us with confidence, either. So we recommend taking this one with a pinch of salt for now.