iWatch S (on wrist, Martin Hajek 001)

It was reported last October that LG Display was close to reaching an agreement with Apple to build tiny OLED (organic light-emitting diode) screens for the rumored iWatch. As the original article by The Korea Herald asserted, LG Display would become the second iWatch display supplier, with Taiwan’s RiTDisplay acting as the primary supplier and Japan Display a likely candidate as well.

According to a new report Monday by Seoul-based online tech publication Digital Daily, Apple has now selected LG Display as a sole supplier of 1.52-inch panels for the iWatch…

Digital Daily claims that LG Display will reportedly begin mass production of the panels in the third quarter of 2014, with the initial production volume pegged at two million OLED screens per month. The story has been pulled, but still lives on in Google cache.

The iWatch is expected to be launched by year end, the story has it.

Interestingly enough, it was discovered a year ago that Apple had hired LG Display’s OLED expert Dr. Jueng Jil Lee into into its Display group. Apple also holds a few OLED-related patents, including those involving flexible OLEDs, OLED based BLUs for LCDs, OLED control schemes and others.

OLED tech would allow for thinner devices and better battery life versus the traditional LCD IPS screen technology Apple’s been using for its desktop and mobile devices.

We previously heard volume production of the iWatch has been held back due to the issues with screens and battery, plus problems with the demanding surface finish treatment.

Another story in May 2013 indicated Apple had been sampling power efficient 1.5-inch screens for the iWatch from multiple suppliers. Separately, DisplaySearch thinks Apple is now sampling panels for the iWatch and has hinted that the wearable device could possibly come in two sizes: 1.7 inches for men and 1.3 inches for women.

The sensor-ladden iWatch could include blood chemistry monitoring and advanced health biosensing, according to Apple’s recent poaching of two high-profile biosensor experts from medical devices firms.

These hirings match up nicely with last year’s Bloomberg report which said early iWatch prototypes had sensors that would measure one’s heart rate and blood pressure.

  • Yash Gorana

    Embed solar cells in the bezel of smart watch. Not easy, but not impossible.

    • Rowan09

      A kinetic charging system would make more sense since it’s on the wrist and always moving. I’m currently working on a viable kinetic charging source myself, hopefully I can get something to produce enough electricity with minimal amount of movement.

      • Nate McKelvie

        I would love to see both the kinetic in the iwatch, and for you to successfully create one. A while back I was trying to think of the best portable charging system for a phone, and thought “man a kinetic charger would be an amazing idea, kind of like a mop hie case but with a kinetic charger, and literally told my business partner we should look into it and I swear to god the next day it showed up on kick starter and I figured If they already had a working prototype I was too far behind in the game to make it worth my while. But then I still haven’t seen one I would actually use yet

      • Rowan09

        I haven’t seen one yet either. The problem I’m having is creating a huge amount of electricity using minimal movement. Making something like this would be revolutionary but I can’t find anything to complete the task currently.

      • Nate McKelvie

        Yeah, I kind of gave up when I saw that many other companies were so much farther ahead of me, but after really looking at what was being offered I realized they didn’t have a GOOD option yet either

  • Jason Baroni

    Do you guys also think that if Apple come up with this Smart Watch, it should feature Touch ID? I think it could be really awesome for data security.

    • DaNoobHunta

      Maybe there is the eye (iris I think) detection technology that idb made an article about.

      • Jason Baroni

        So can’t I ask what people would prefer just because there is an article saying the opposite?

  • Andres

    Hopefully it’s really simple, easy to use and not expensive. And no Touch ID, because it’s going to be on your wrist most of the time.

    • Vivek Raja

      What happens when someone steals it? I’m pretty sure it’ll be light and you won’t notice its gone! Plus one of the most stolen items are watches

      • Andres

        Could have a heat sensor on the back of the watch so it knows when it looses contact with the wrist. Then it could require a pass code

      • Chindavon

        Maybe it can alert your phone that it is off your wrist? Or maybe have some sort of annoying car alarm. I’m sure they’ll come up with something creative.

      • Guest

        Does the galaxy gear tell you if someone steals it

      • Andres

        Tells you when you leave your phone. Not the other way around

      • illK†Δ

        Whenever the watch is outside Bluetooth range it will require pass code – no touchid (there isn’t any room for any of the sensors)

    • Chindavon

      Simple to use, yes. Inexspensive…not a chance.

  • jack

    I stopped using watches after the iPhone came.. I’m sure I won’t use one again. If you share the same opinion upvote!!

  • illK†Δ

    I probably won’t switch to an “iWatch” until it can match close to pebble’s battery life. I don’t have enough outlets in my house to charge Apple products every night… And it needs to be water proof. Also, no touchid – it’s on your wrist the whole time why would you need to lock it…

  • pdq3

    Not Samsung?

    Awwww….too bad.

  • Laszlo Gaspar

    It would be nice if siri was able to control every feature of the iWatch

  • Soon to make headlines; users complaining of their iWatch screen getting cracked due to them dozing off-on it.