For the past several weeks, the iPhone 6 has been one of the industry’s main topics of discussion, as countless new leaks and rumors have emerged, hinting at the smartphone’s battery characteristics, its “secret technologies“, and the handset’s alleged release date. This week however, we turn our attention towards a different Apple product that keeps making the rounds, and we’re referring of course to the iWatch.
According to the latest rumors, Apple will release not two, but three iWatch variants by the end of 2014. In addition, the source suggests that the wrist gadgets as well as the fabled “iPad Pro” will make use of a next-gen touch film. Interested in learning the details? You’ll find the full story right after the break.
Apple’s iWatch To Come In Three Flavors. 12.9-inch iPad On Its Way?
According to Taiwan’s Economic Daily, Apple will make the iWatch available in three main variants. The first one will pack a 1.6-inch display, while the second and third models will sport a 1.8-inch panel. Reportedly, the main difference between the two 1.8-inch units is that one of them will make use of sapphire glass for its display.
In addition to these rumors, the same source suggests that all three iWatches will be released in the third quarter of the year. This contradicts one of the more recent rumors concerning the iWatch, which suggested that the gadget has been pushed back and it will enter mass production as late as November.
More so, the publication claims that the 1.8-inch iWatch boasting sapphire glass will pave the road for the 5.5-inch iPhone 6 model, which might’ve also been delayed until 2015, if the latest rumors turn out to be correct.
Interestingly enough, The Economic Daily also reports that the fabled 12.9-inch iPad (also known as the iPad Pro) is still on the table. Allegedly, the device will become official by the end of the year.
Last but definitely not least, these latest rumors also suggest that all three iWatches as well as the iPad Pro will make use of next-gen touch sensors supplied by none other than TPK. The new technology replaces indium tin oxide with silver nanowire ink, as the material in question much better conductive properties than its alternative. As such, by using silver nanowire-based touch films Apple will be able to fit its products with sapphire glass, without having to add extra sensors for accurately determining touch location.
You should also know that silver nanowire films are flexible, which would allow Apple to use LG’s flexible OLED displays, like it was rumored not long ago.
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