It looks like Apple is not only focusing on its upcoming iPhones, but is also planning to make the Apple Watch better. Today the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that delivers quite the punch that reveals their work on conformable, wearable displays. It’s ready to manufacture a new 3D-shaped Gorilla glass for availability this year. The new glass is designed with curved phone and wearable displays in mind.
Apple will be using a special kind of glass called the willow glass. Willow Glass is known for its flexibility and strength. Apple called it “one exemplary flexible glass substrate” in its patent filing. In the patent filing, Apple notes that flexible display technology can potentially be used in a variety of electronic devices such as rollable displays, irregularly shaped displays, and wearable displays. Currently, the flexibility of the electronic device is at least partially limited by the substrate on which the display is formed, but several flexible displays have been developed using thin glass or plastic as a flexible substrate onto which low-temperature polycrystalline silicon thin-film transistors (TFTs) are formed.
On the inside, the device is said to feature processor and memory to handle user commands. What’s new is that the report mentions the likely inclusion of a communication module, which could mean Bluetooth, WLAN or even cellular data network support.Only flexible display is not the feature the smartwatch offers. The major focus of the upcoming smartwatch will be fitness, according to rumors and leaks surrounding the device. BGR reported Monday that it could feature a non-invasive way of glucose monitoring.
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