Apple Is Developing ‘Smartwatch’ Operating On iOS Platform: Sources

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By Vijaykumar Meti | February 12, 2013 10:15 PM EST

Apple Inc. is developing a device similar to a wristwatch made of curved glass and will be operating on iOS platform, unnamed sources familiar with Apple told to the New York Times.

The watch-like product that could be used to make mobile payments is currently in the experimental stage and would operate on Apple's iOS platform, which is the foundation of its iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch consumer devices, the Times said.

On the other hand, the Wall Street Journal separately reported that Apple's major manufacturing partner Hon Hai Precision Industry Co (also known as Foxconn) had discussed on technologies that could meet the details of the wearable device.

Both Apple and Foxconn refused to comment.

Last year, maker of ultra-tough Gorilla Glass - Corning Glass Technologies, announced that it had developed a bendable glass called Willow Glass. The flexible glass can easily be folded as a piece of paper without breaking.

"You can certainly make it wrap around a cylindrical object and that could be someone's wrist," said Pete Bocko, CTO of Corning Glass Technologies. "Right now, if I tried to make something that looked like a watch that could be done using this flexible glass."

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