Reports in the tech press today have put skin on the bones of rumours surrounding the so-called iWatch, as anticipation builds around Apple’s first-ever foray to wearable technology.
According to industry intel picked up on by Macotakara, which owes its scoop to Taiwanese site Economic Daily News, Apple is currently testing 1.5-inch OLED screens for the handset, giving us some idea of the dimensions has in mind for its accessory.
The phone-maker purportedly experimented with a larger 1.8-inch display before ditching the idea on the grounds that the screen made the watch too large.
It’s thought that OLED screens, which have never featured in Apple products of any kind before, are under consideration for the iWatch principally because of the power efficiency they offer.
A separate report from Daily News, meanwhile, suggests that production of trial versions of the iWatch has already begun. However, in a sign of just how far the device may be from market, the site claims that these are a very limited run of just a few thousand units.
Earlier rumours indicate that the iWatch will not be a watchphone, in the sense that it will not make or take calls. Instead, it is an accessory to be paired with owners’ iPhones and will enable them to access certain key features of their handset remotely.
Depending on who you believe, the gadget will either show up later this year or won't land for another three years.