Apple is experimenting with new materials for forthcoming iGadgets, the company’s design don Jonathan Ive has confirmed.
In a New York Times profile of Apple CEO Tim Cook, the tech giant’s head of design Jonathan Ive revealed that recent projects at Cupertino involved working with unspecified constituents that have never before featured in its products.
He told the august US newspaper: “I've worked for the last 15 or 20 years on the most challenging, creative parts of what we do.
“I would love to talk about future stuff -- they're materials we haven't worked in before. I've been working on this stuff for a few years now. Tim is fundamentally involved in pushing into these new areas and into these materials.”
Ive's admission has been interpreted as corroborating rumours that Apple's much rumoured first-ever smartwatch could be on the way. It’s thought that the curved or flexible screen that’s purported to feature may require Apple to embrace hitherto unused materials.
His remarks have also sparked talk that the sapphire crystal that Apple used to coat the iPhone 5S’s Touch ID-enabled home button is also destined for the iWatch.
And to further thicken the fog shrouding Ive’s already pretty opaque statement, others have posited that his comments could be an admission that the liquidmetal that Apple is known to have experimented with may finally make it to market.
If this is so, it could mean that the next iPhone will be water-resistant, bringing iPhones in line with top-end kits from Sony and Samsung.
The good news for the ranks of the iFaithful keen for concrete information is that all will become apparent soon enough.
The iPhone 6, in its 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch incarnations, is expected to show up in September, while the iWatch is being tipped for a Q4 launch.