Apple Inc. is attempting to create an iWatch with bendable glass that may one day revolutionize the industry of wearable technology, according to sources close with the company.
At Apple's headquarters in California, the company is experimenting with wristwatch-like devices which would operate on the iOS platform, sources said. The company reportedly had hundreds of employees looking at the device, trying to make it the best and most highly anticipated product in Apple's history.
Apple is able to make this product due to the new hi-tech curved glass that is made by Corning, which produces the Gorilla Glass that is makes up the screen on the Apple's iPhone/iPod/iPad, and soon to be iWatch.
The chief technology officer for Corning Glass Technologies, Pete Bocko, says this bendable glass named, 'willow glass,' can certainly be made into a watch. "You can make it wrap around a cylindrical object, and that could be someone's wrist," Bocko commented.
People believe Apple is fully capable of developing this product due to the numerous hirings in Apple's wearable technology department, according to Sarah Epps, an analyst who specializes in wearable computing and smartphones. "This makes Apple potentially the biggest player of the wearables market in a sort of invisible way," Epps said.
Gene Munster, an analyst at Piper Jaffray, said that he believes technology could progress to a point where consumers have a tablet plus wearable computers, like watches or glasses, that enable simple things like voice calls, texting, quick searches and navigation. If developed, according to Munster, these devices are likely to be cheaper than an iPhone, and could possibly be Apple's best answering to emerging competition.
Two decades ago it was all about desktop technology. In the past decade, the competition has been, 'who has the best handheld devices?' Now, in the 21st-century, the face of technology may be centered around wearable technology.