Japanese blog Macotakara points to a pair of reports in today’s edition of Taiwanese newspaperEconomic Times addressing rumors surrounding Apple’s smart watch effort. According to the first report [Google translation], Apple has begun sampling 1.5-inch OLED displays from RITEK subsidiary RiTdisplay.
The report also claims that RITEK‘s joint venture RitFast will be supplying the touch sensor technology for the watch.
Today’s report echoes a December claim about Apple’s plans for RiTdisplay’s 1.5-inch displays and word that Intel is involved in Apple’s effort, but includes a detail indicating that Apple had originally hoped to use a 1.8-inch display in the smart watch. That display, however, proved to be too large and the company shifted to the smaller 1.5-inch display size.
The second report [Google translation] offers an overview of the smart watch industry, with “market rumors” indicating that Foxconn has already received orders for Apple’s smart watch. But with order volumes said to be around 1,000 units, the production run would clearly be a small-scale trial.
Rumors of an Apple smart watch ramped up in the months following that December report about Apple and Intel working together, with The New York Times later reporting that Apple was “experimenting” with curved glass smart watch designs and Bloombergfollowing up to claim that Apple has 100 product designers working on the project.
“iWatch” rumors peaked in February and March of this year amid claims that the device could launch “as soon as this year”, but things have been relatively quiet for the past several months.