A few days after the launch of Samsung's Galaxy Gear, rumors have surfaced regarding Apple's hypothetical smartwatch project. In an article that caught the attention of tech blogs around the world, Korean newspaper The Chosun Ilbo reported that Apple is testing a flexible screen for a forthcoming wearable device.
The article is based on a statement from a source close to Apple, which indicates that the future "iWatch" could feature a flexible plastic OLED screen. The source affirms that Apple is actually testing three types of screens, ranging in size from 1.3 to 1.5 inches, and that a prototype of the 1.5-inch version has already been developed, obviously in absolute secrecy.
If true, the rumors would indicate that Apple is taking a different approach from that of Samsung with its Galaxy Gear, which has a classic, rigid Super AMOLED screen measuring 1.63 inches.
Ironically, Samsung is one of the first names that comes to mind when it comes to innovating in the flexible screen arena, having presented a number of prototypes in recent years, including the 5-inch flexible OLED the brand presented at CES in Las Vegas last January. The South Korean giant is expected to release a smartphone with a curved screen in the very near future.