(NEW YORK) — Apple might just be working on the product we all remember from those Dick Tracy movies — a watch that has some phone-like capabilities.
According to a report in The New York Times on Sunday, Apple is testing or “experimenting” with a “wristwatch-like device made of curved glass.”
While the newspaper does not name its sources, they have shared that Apple plans to differentiate itself from the competition with a new glass technology and its “understanding of how such glass can curve around the human body.” The Times points out that Corning, the maker of very durable Gorilla Glass, which covers the iPhone, has been experimenting with bendable glass over the last few years.
Following the Times’ report, The Wall Street Journal corroborated that Apple is working on a watch that would “perform some functions of a smartphone.” The Journal reports that Apple has discussed the plans with its major manufacturing partner in China.
Apple did not respond to ABC News’ request for comment about the watch rumors.
The Times and Journal reports come after Chinese technology site Tech 163 reported earlier this year that Apple was talking to supply partners about a smart watch with a 1.5-inch OLED screen that would pair to an iPhone via Bluetooth.
The last version of the iPod Nano, which had a 1.5-inch display, was turned into a watch by many early adopters; Apple even sold watch bands in its stores that turned the music player into a wearable accessory. The newest version of the Nano is longer and no longer lends itself to being a wristwatch.
Rumors of Apple’s watch, or iWatch as many have called it, join a number of other rumored Apple products at the moment, including an iPhone with a larger screen and a standalone TV set.
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