In its headquarters in Cupertino, Calif., Apple is experimenting with wristwatch-like devices made of curved glass, according to people familiar with the company’s explorations, who spoke on the condition that they not be named because they are not allowed to publicly discuss unreleased products. Such a watch would operate Apple’s iOS platform, two people said, and stand apart from competitors based on the company’s understanding of how such glass can curve around the human body.
Last year, Corning announced Willow Glass, which has the thinness, strength, and flexibility to enable displays to be "wrapped" around a device or structure. Pete Bocko, the chief technology officer for Corning, says the technology has finally arrived.
“You can certainly make it wrap around a cylindrical object and that could be someone’s wrist,” Mr. Bocko said. “Right now, if I tried to make something that looked like a watch, that could be done using this flexible glass.”
However, Bocko says it would still be quite a feat to make a folding device. “The human body moves in unpredictable ways,” he said. “It’s one of the toughest mechanical challenges.”
No doubt an Apple watch would be an exciting product for many. Notably, Bruce Tognazzini, a former Apple employee who specializes in human-computer interaction, recently outlined the many benefits of an Apple iWatch and suggested the device could even help improve Maps.