iWatch concept (MacUser magazine, Martin Hajek 003)

If you believe research firm DisplaySearch, the Apple smartwatch project, the iWatch, has taken the front seat as the company sharpens its focus on wearable technology, allegedly at the expense of a full-on television set which one reliable analysts now thinks is more of a 2015-2016 thing.

According to a new report by The Korea Herald, DisplaySearch thinks the iWatch will come in two sizes accommodating for men and women’s wrist. In the case of men, the iWatch should have a 1.7-inch display, the research firm said. On the other hand, women should get a tinier device outfitted with a smaller 1.3-inch display…

The Korea Herald quoted DisplaySearch’s Vice President of the Greater China Market, David Hsieh, who said at a conference today in Taiwan, citing Apple sources, that both screens will be OLED.

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.

On Monday, DisplaySearch claimed Apple has prioritized the iWork project over iTV:

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.

As you know, the organic light-emitting diode technology, or OLED, doesn’t require a backlight so it’s more power efficient than the traditional LCD IPS displays Apple uses on iPhones, iPads and Macs.

iWatch cocept (Martin Hajek, MacUser April 2013 issue 011)

Moreover, OLED can display deeper blacks and is thinner and lighter, an important feat in devices where space is at a premium, like wrist watches, permitting thinner and lighter wearable gadgets. Finally, an OLED screen in low ambient light conditions typically achieves a higher contrast ratio than an LCD.

Conveniently enough, Apple recently hired an OLED display expert away from LG Display. And back in October, it was reported that LG Display was nearing an OLED deal for an Apple smartwatch.

The iPhone maker recently filed for a patent titled ‘Organic light diode having photodiodes’ which describes an OLED embedded sensor.

iWatch concept (Martin Hajek, multiple 001)

The invention not only allows for greater accuracy of light and color, it also could replace ambient light sensing, proximity sensing or to compensate for aging OLEDs by coupling the photodiodes with OLEDs.

As for the two iWatch screen sizes: as strange as it may seem, I think the idea has legs.

Traditional makers have long produced wrist watches for men and women as one size doesn’t fit all. And Apple certainly has a guy who knows what men and women want.

Back in July, the company made a big-name hire by announcing that the CEO of the luxury French fashion label Yves Saint Laurent, Paul Deneve, will be jumping ship to work on “special projects,” reporting directly to Apple CEO Time Cook.

iwatch concept ios 7

We previously heard Apple was testing 1.5-inch iWatch screens so I’d take The Korea Herald report with a grain of salt. Earlier this year, Bloomberg said Apple had 100+ engineers working on the iWatch project.

The device is being described as a health/fitness wearable accessory incorporating biometric sensors and running iOS. The reliable KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo expects the iWatch to hit store shelves in the second half of 2014.

The question is: do you fancy yourself wearing a device like this?

  • Zorvage

    I can’t wait to get one. It will be so cool 🙂

    • arrontaylor

      You and me both. Can’t wait for spring/summer 2014!

  • johnnytalks

    Still don’t know how I feel about wearable devices.

    • BoardDWorld

      It’s conveniently placed, in case of answering a call tapping your wrist takes only a split second. I would sell my iPad and iPhone & get the larger iPhone and the watch if they were both available and practical.

      • johnnytalks

        I do like the idea. Just need to see a better interpretation than whats already been released by other companies. Personally I would like to see the screen of kindle paperwhite used in the watch so the aesthetics are more simple looking.

  • FreeRunner9616

    it depends on how it works with my iphone and hopefully apple is nice and have the combatlily with iphone 4s and up, not just 6 like will probably happen

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      It probably depends if they go with Bluetooth or Wifi for communication between devices. If it’s Bluetooth all devices should be supported if it’s wifi though it’ll likely only work with devices that support AirDrop…

  • mahe

    I won’t buy it until there is a jailbreak and winterboard for iWatch ^^

    • 4p0c4lyps3

      Thumbs up for your pic.

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      If it’s locked down like the Apple TV 3 you’ll be waiting a long time….

      • mahe

        well, the iWatch for me is a nice-to-have, not a must 🙂
        I don’t like how it looks like, so it would be nice if it’s themeable.

  • diggitydang

    I’m in…

  • Prasoon Singh

    If I would get an iWatch, I’ll probably get the 1.3 inch one since I have small wrist even though I’m a man. lol

  • Leo Parker

    So what is an iWatch good for besides checking the time? I’m serious!

    • appleyay

      LOOKING COOOOOOOOOL..!!! and it will probably get you some chicks too

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        Dream on! No watch is that good

  • appleyay

    those images are ugly as hell

  • Vijay Panjwani

    Now that’s what a smart move is…
    Clearly its not being ‘rushed to be first’ kind of case like samesnug did! 😉

    • Prasoon Singh

      And now the Galaxy Gear is a fail because it only works with the Note 3 and it has an ugly camera on it.

      • ✪ aidan harris ✪

        What’s your point? Apples will likely only work with Apple devices (although probably all of them unlike Samsungs which like you said was rushed and as a result only works with the Note 3 and even then not all notifications are supported) and probably won’t have a camera…

      • Rowan09

        I can understand an IOS watch working with IOS devices. How can you explain an Android watch working with only 2 Samsung phones? It’s Samsung’s prerogative but there are so many other Android smart watches. Why wouldn’t they make the Gear available for other Androids even IOS as well? I just think that would make more sense for sales but I could be wrong.

  • 4p0c4lyps3

    Def not for me.

  • Shingo

    as long as battery last no less than a week shud be good…..daily charging ….. forget it!!!!

  • Taf Khan

    Maybe it’s just me, but is anyone else put off at the thought of having to regularly charge a watch? Having to charge a smartphone daily is acceptable but not always ideal, two devices to charge daily is rather off putting.

    Not made my mind up yet, I hope apple pitch it just right to help convince me I want a smart watch.

    • appleyay

      yup they needed solar and kinetic energy that keep the battery charged

    • Rowan09

      I a fuel band and the battery life is great so if they can get around the same or better times before charging, it should be ok.

  • Tommy Gumbs

    I wonder what the next “over killed” and “over written about” rumor will be. Maybe a smart belt that vibrates, or a smart shoe that tracks your movement. Whatever it is, i will def know where to look if I want to read about it.

  • Glorin

    the first one is my style…I’d buy it in a heartbeat.

  • Urzo

    I’m fine with my real watch.

  • Gregory Kitchens

    i’ve wanted a smart watch since before they existed, and I’ve been fairly impressed with a few on the market, I hope apple’s tops them though. Nissan’s is my fave so far, or sony’s.