WSJ: Apple smartwatch to include NFC, curved OLED, two models


Apple's (AAPL +0.5%) smartwatch will join the iPhone 6 in sporting an NFC radio that will enable a tap-to-pay payments solution, the WSJ reports. Given recent reports, NXP (NXPI +0.5%) is the likely chip supplier.

The WSJ also backs up the Nikkei in stating the watch will feature a curved OLED display - a moderate positive for Universal Display (OLED +6.8%) - and reiterates two sizes will be offered.

At the same time, Apple is said to be "still working out engineering kinks in production," and one source says there's "no way" the watch ships this year (meshes with a re/code report). Pre-orders will be taken in advance.

No word on pricing; re/code has reported Apple has mulled a $400 price point. Unsurprisingly, Jony Ive is said to have overseen development. Ive has reportedly boasted Apple's watch spells trouble for Switzerland.

Meanwhile, KGI's Ming-Chi Kuo reports the watch will have 8GB of storage, and that the display sizes will respectively be 1.3" and 1.5". Kuo reported of NFC support back in April, and of limited 2014 production in July.

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  • Esekla
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    I've been speculating on Apple's use of AMOLED screens recently in my OLED update article. It shouldn't really be such a big deal for the stock, but I'm happy to see the technology getting used.

     

    As for the production problems, I've been reporting on them for over a month now, starting with my INVN Jolt article. Kuo really seems to have a good window on what's going on at Apple.
    4 Sep 2014, 01:23 PM Reply Like
  • 2ng
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    Do you use to comment and repeat also the things you get wrong?
    4 Sep 2014, 01:41 PM Reply Like
  • Bobcat9
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    The never-ending self-congratulation is a noticeable trend that is pretty obnoxious...
    4 Sep 2014, 01:55 PM Reply Like
  • Esekla
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    The comments are merely intended to direct readers to where they can get early and ongoing analysis on these things. If you have alternate language that you would find less obnoxious, feel free to suggest it. And yes, my most recent INVN article points out that it's looking like I'm wrong on at least one of my long-standing predictions.
    4 Sep 2014, 02:31 PM Reply Like
  • Hardog
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    Ese
    Good t see you can admit wrong and withstand the barbs thrown at you.
    4 Sep 2014, 02:34 PM Reply Like
  • WulfherSS
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    I thought that Tim was opposed to using OLED tech, at least in comparison to Retena.
    4 Sep 2014, 03:22 PM Reply Like
  • Esekla
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    That was Jobs, many years ago, and honestly his criticisms had merit back then. A lot has changed, read through the comments of my Valuing UDC Earnings article for history.
    4 Sep 2014, 10:01 PM Reply Like
  • Esekla
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    Actually, you're right, Cook did so (also?).
    8 Sep 2014, 09:42 PM Reply Like
  • kevinconway
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    NXPI one of my best picks in the last couple of years...bought at $14.47...and it is just warming up. I would buy more but I have hit my max allocation on this stock.
    4 Sep 2014, 01:41 PM Reply Like
  • Artaqq
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    Eh, they always have production problems. Who doesn't? Non-factor in stock prices but, it gives 'speculators' something to get their undies in a wad over. They drive the stock down, buy more then, jump back in and write a new article, (under an assumed name), praising the crap out of Apple and enjoy the ride. Normally I'd say, 'You can write this stuff.', but you pretty much can…every six months. At least people quit beating the crap out of Cook.
    4 Sep 2014, 01:44 PM Reply Like
  • bd4uandu
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    Does anybody really know what time it is, does anybody really care?

     

    Four hundred bucks for a credit card on your wrist?
    4 Sep 2014, 02:02 PM Reply Like
  • albanymike
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    I gave you a like for the Chicago reference. Definitely one of the best bands ever! Apple should open the event with it. That would be beyond awesome!
    4 Sep 2014, 06:46 PM Reply Like
  • Knochen schinken
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    We've all got time enough to cry
    5 Sep 2014, 03:29 PM Reply Like
  • carma
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    Steve Balmer, is that you?
    5 Sep 2014, 04:32 PM Reply Like
  • petervukosavljev
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    A gimick by Apple ... Samsung and other are selling smartwatchs now ... NFC ... wow.... only the iPhone 6 and iTime will have NFC ... the rest of the iDevices are left out in the cold ...

     

    NFC has been part of other smartphones for years now ...
    4 Sep 2014, 02:08 PM Reply Like
  • blejsmith
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    And what exactly do use NFC for on your Android phone - just curious
    4 Sep 2014, 02:33 PM Reply Like
  • Topcat
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    Best use will be for payments on the fly, since transaction over the air is encrypted and should be safe and secure. It is a cart and horse situation. So many different mobile payment solutions, but nothing except really Square (Starbucks, Whole Foods... has caught on). Square uses Bluetooth so the merchant sees you on their iPad register app. But no credit card info is on your phone. NFC would more safely allow your data to be on your phone only, so it doesn't have to be on cloud databases and exposed to hacking. So hopefully having the hardware on Apple will spur development, which will make mobile payments really take off.
    4 Sep 2014, 03:06 PM Reply Like
  • digitalborealis
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    Who uses NFC on android? Just by putting NFC on a device does not help, it should have practical application.
    4 Sep 2014, 04:49 PM Reply Like
  • bd4uandu
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    This might be it ... http://bit.ly/1Ac0kuW
    4 Sep 2014, 07:13 PM Reply Like
  • okellyfrank
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    In my job we use NFC to transfer files between phones by touch pairing them. It is and quick and easy compared to emailing or Blue Tooth transfer. We don't use Android for work but I am sure the principle is the same. The payment thing needs a carrier supported sim in the uk at least
    5 Sep 2014, 04:59 AM Reply Like
  • Forward Looking Guru
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    It is very irresponsible for any analyst to use "rumors" based on "rumors" related to a "rumored" product that no one has seen to upgrade or downgrade a stock. Any analyst evaluating Apple, who claims they are "pricing in" any growth, or new products that have not been announced should be ashamed of themselves and probably fired for either being incompetent, or outright making stuff up.
    4 Sep 2014, 02:29 PM Reply Like
  • diaboliqueguan
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    This update is giving me the goosebumps!
    4 Sep 2014, 03:33 PM Reply Like
  • bjnflicks
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    As Tim Cook says, ignore all rumors about the supply chain. It is so compartmentalized and top secret that even if one guy on one assembly line thought there was a problem, he might not even know there is a second assembly line doing the same thing in Taiwan. In other words, we won't know until we know, and some of these leakers also have ulterior motives or are just plain guessing.
    4 Sep 2014, 04:22 PM Reply Like
  • albanymike
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    The only purpose those leaks serve is to build up a little excitement and expectation. Otherwise they are stupid.
    4 Sep 2014, 06:49 PM Reply Like
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