Apple’s wearable iWatch is expected to come with a 1.7-inch OLED display for men’s watches and a 1.3-inch OLED screen for women, David Hsieh, DisplaySearch’s Vice President of the Greater China Market, said at a conference today in Taiwan, citing Apple sources.
Apple has not officially announced the launch, but the iWatch ― Apple’s first wearable device ― is expected to be rolled out as early as the end of this year, given CEO Tim Cook’s latest remarks confirming new product categories.
It is yet to be confirmed whether the displays will be flexible but sources said it was a possibility, since Apple will want to upstage Samsung’s Galaxy Gear.
At the same time, Apple has reportedly put off the development of TVs to focus on wearable devices.
Paul Gagnon, director of North American TV research at DisplaySearch, said Monday that, “It appears that Apple’s long-rumored TV plans, which were far from concrete anyway, have been put on hold again, possibly to be replaced by a rollout of wearable devices.”
He added the TVs were initially expected to be announced in the second half of 2014, but that a lack of content and Apple’s decision to focus on wearables had once again put the plans on the back burner.
Meanwhile, other likely features of the new iWatch may include being lighter and more energy-efficient than its rivals.
Apple recently reportedly obtained patents for its Bluetooth low energy technology at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, which is capable of reducing energy consumption and battery size.
There has also been speculation that the watch will feature biometric sensors that can collect health management information.
By Kim Ji-hyun and Shin Ji-hye