One feature of Apple’s forthcoming iWatch is becoming abundantly clear. Whether it is Apple suppliers yielding information, or reviewing Apple’s long-standing patents, the company's first-ever wearable will be stunningly flexible. The band will be flexible, the display will be flexible, and even traditional areas where a thick printed circuit board and battery pack should be — it will all be flexible. iWatch will not only be thoroughly pliable but it will also be stunningly thin.
The wearable market is stumbling, badly so, with Samsung, Motorola and LG giving chase to a mythical Apple product that has yet to exist. The result of Apple’s competition rushing to market with bulky, mundane watch-like products, has given Apple time to perfect their product and leapfrog the entire industry when iWatch arrives. Apple stunned the world with iPhone, changing the course of what every smartphone should be. Tim Cook and company are in a nearly perfect position to shock consumers and the tech industry as a whole with an amazing new device.
One of Apple’s keys to delivering market changing products is their patience. Apple has the internal disciple to work on refining and achieving what other companies cannot envision, or if they could, simply cannot justify going to extremes based on a complete lack of volume sales and price. Apple understands both areas, and in working longer, harder and ever more obsessively on a new product, the odds of crushing the competitions current offerings with massive sales set Apple on course for amazing iWatch success.
Technically, iWatch appears to be based solely on a flex circuit circuit board. This will allow the “brains” of the iWatch to spread throughout the the underside of the display and down throughout the entire length of the wrist band if required. Using LG’s flexible AMOLED (active matrix light emitting diode, or commonly called OLED) displays not only allow for a large flexible viewing area, but OLED is also amazingly thin.
LG’s display will achieve great flexible touch capabilities due to TPK’s touch technology. TPK, now in partnership with Cambrios, appear to be experiencing delays for Apple, but will be bringing state of the art touch technology to market for Apple’s iWatch. Called ClearOhm® Silver Nanowire, it can sense touch without the need for sensors, further reducing power, components and weight. Silver Nanowire is also extremely flexible, unlike traditional Projected Capacitive (PCAP) touch technologies used in most smartphones today.
According to far-east reports Apple is is turning to Samsung SDI, LG Chem and Tianjin Lishen Battery for a newly devised Lithium-ion battery technology developed by LG. The technology is a layered solution. Though not much is know about this emerging flexible battery technology, LG has showcased coiled flexible battery solutions, demonstrating their capability to deliver cutting edge technology to Lithium-ion's molecular structure. It is not a far throw to assume Apple will demand the thinnest, most flexible battery technology LG can deliver, which will likely span into parts of the wrist band, spreading out and thinning the core of the product even further.
iWatch containing flex circuitry, state-of-the-art touch, a flexible OLED display, flexible and durable sapphire glass, and flexible battery technology, housed in the industries highest quality materials, is going to have a staggering effect on the wearable market. iWatch will likely be the only force in the market to make wearing a "watch" cool all over again.
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