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New York Times says Apple is developing a curved glass smart watch

Mel Martin

In today's Bits column, New York Times writer Nick Bilton says Apple is developing a curved screen watch. Apple has declined to comment on any of this, as usual, but an Apple-branded smart watch been long rumored.

There has been a good deal of interest in a smartphone-connected watch. There was lots of excitement around Kickstarter-backed Pebble watch, and I personally tried the iPhone-connected Citizen watch with decidedly mixed and mostly negative results.

There's no denying how nice it would be to get mail and messages without having to dig my iPhone out of a pocket, and integration with Siri and other services would be a winner.

To add a little juice to the rumor, Corning Glass, which makes the Gorilla Glass used in the iPhone, is about ready to launch bendable glass called "Willow Glass" which might be just the ticket for Apple to introduce on a smart watch.

Former Apple UI designer Bruce Tognazzini recently wrote a lengthy treatise about an Apple iWatch, discussing not only the drawbacks and features of existing smart watches, but what the "killer apps" for a wrist-based Apple device might be.

The watch industry has been in the doldrums for many years, with a lot of younger users simply not buying watches and getting the time of day from their cellphones.

If anyone has a chance at helping the watch make a comeback, Apple is a good candidate. Like all rumors, take this with a few grains of salt, but it makes sense for Apple to pursue this.

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