The Flexible Glass Apple Would Need For An iWatch Won’t Be Ready For 3 More Years

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it will be awhile before you'll be able to bend this around your wrist.
it will be awhile before you'll be able to bend this around your wrist.

It was recently reported that Apple is working on a wristwatch computer with a curved glass display. The glass was speculated to be Corning’s Willow Glass, a brand new technology that lets a thin pane of glass fold up like a newspaper. “The thinness, strength and flexibility of the glass has the potential to enable displays to be “wrapped” around a device or structure,” according to Corning.

If Apple were to release an iWatch in the next year or so, it would assumedly need Willow Glass to be ready for mass production. Unfortunately, it will be several more years before Corning’s flexible displays are ready for consumers.

The president of Corning recently threw cold water on Willow Glass in a Chinese interview, according to Bloomberg. He said that it would take at least 3 years before companies start implementing Willow Glass on a large scale, noting that “The ability of people to take it [Willow] and use it to make a product is limited.” Corning is opening a $800 million factory in Beijing to manufacture its liquid-crystal-display glass.

Corning declined to comment on its involvement with Apple regarding Willow Glass. The two companies have been partnering for years to put Gorilla Glass into iPhones and iPads.

Source: Bloomberg

Image: CNET

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2 responses to “The Flexible Glass Apple Would Need For An iWatch Won’t Be Ready For 3 More Years”

  1. hanhothi says:

    Apple do NOT need flexible glass to make an iWatch. Look at the other smart watches already on the market: Pebble, I’m Watch, Sony to name just a few. They use the standard watch format of a block device attached to the wrist with a flexible band made of leather, resin or metal.

    Many of the iWatch concepts I have seen published on this site with a fancy apparently one piece wrist band are in reality totally impractical. I’m Watch started their concept with a similar band. It looked great, but then they woke up to the fact that different people have different wrist thicknesses! The strap needs to be adjustable! Hu?

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