It has been reckoned for a while now that Apple is in the process of developing a so-called “iWatch” product to be worn on the wrist. The rumor itself is certainly believable, particularly with the release of Samsung’s Galaxy Gear back in September, but the reports surrounding the product itself have ranged from the plausible to the far-fetched. Today arrives perhaps the most outrageous claim that Apple will be creating two different specifications of the iWatch – a smaller model for women, and a larger version for the predominantly larger wrists of the male population.
Of course, as watch aficionados will be more than aware, real timepieces made for women do tend to be smaller, but for a smartwatch to follow suit would seem a bit of a step too far. But that’s the assessment of one industry analyst, who believes the iWatch will feature an OLED display in both 1.7-inch and 1.3-inch specifications – the latter tailored to women.
We do expect, what with Apple being Apple, that the iWatch will make something of a fashion statement, but for the company to go the whole hog and release the iWatch in differing sizes would make very little sense. It would also cause quite a bit of controversy. I mean, what would a smaller-wristed man or larger-wristed lady do when out shopping for the iWatch? Would the smaller-displaying model be inferior in any other way? How would Apple market such a product.
With the iPad mini having released last year, it would seem that the Tim Cook era of Apple is much more open to reason, but an OLED watch in two different sizes, for the two sexes? Personally, I cannot see this happening.
The analyst with the scoop on this one is David Hsieh, who’s the head of the the greater China market for DisplaySearch. Hsieh has a solid track record for making accurate predictions where the Cupertino outfit is concerned, and if he’s right on this one, it will also be the first time Apple has introduced OLED technology into its displays.
Many of its competitors in the smartphone and tablet industry use OLED displays, while the company has stuck religiously with LCD panels.
Ming-Chi Kuo, another well-connected analyst for CGI, believes the iWatch will launch in the second half of next year.