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Apple Reportedly Developing iPhones with Large Curved Screens for 2014, Enhanced Touch Sensors for Later Models

Apple is developing two next-generation iPhones with larger, curved glass screens set for release late next year, reports Bloomberg. The new iPhones will feature displays at 4.7 and 5.5 inches, with the report also claiming that Apple is working on enhanced touch sensors that incorporate pressure sensitivity for later iPhone models after next year.


iPhone 5s vs. 5.7-inch Samsung Galaxy Note III (Source: phoneArena.com)
Two models planned for release in the second half of next year will feature larger displays with glass that curves downward at the edges, said the person, declining to be identified as the details aren’t public. Sensors that can distinguish heavy or light touches on the screen may be incorporated into subsequent models, the person said.

The new iPhones will be Apple’s largest at screens of 4.7 and 5.5 inches, the person said, approaching in size the 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 3 that Samsung Electronics Co. debuted in September. The South Korean maker last month released the curved display Galaxy Round, the latest phone in an array of sizes and price points that’s helped keep it ahead of Apple in global market share.

The new Apple handsets are still in development and plans haven’t been completed, the person said, adding that the company will probably release them in the third quarter of next year.
While Apple routinely develops prototype devices that are never released, rumors of an iPhone featuring a significantly larger screen have surfaced occasionally throughout the past couple of months. The Wall Street Journal reported in July and September that Apple had begun testing prototype iPhones with screens as large as six inches, and a report last month from NPD DisplaySearch speculated Apple may launch both a 4.7-inch and a 5.7-inch iPhone in 2014.

MacRumors released a printable papercraft version of a 5-inch iPhone back in February of this year after other rumors of a larger iPhone surfaced.

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13 months ago
How does a curved screen help anyone with anything?
Rating: 71 Votes
13 months ago
what's the point of a curved screen? Larger screen? I can see that, but do not understand what a curved screen is for.
Rating: 55 Votes
13 months ago
Ah, Bloomberg. So reliable.

http://mobile.bloomberg.com/news/2011-02-10/apple-said-to-work-on-cheaper-more-versatile-iphone-models.html

Apple has considered selling the new iPhone for about $200, without obligating users to sign a two-year service contract, said the person who has seen it.


http://mobile.bloomberg.com/news/2013-07-17/apple-may-delay-introduction-of-iphone-5s-commercial-times-says.html

Apple Inc. (AAPL) may delay the introduction of the iPhone 5S until the end of the year after the design was changed to feature a bigger 4.3-inch retina display screen, the Commercial Times reported.


http://mobile.bloomberg.com/news/2011-01-25/apple-plans-service-that-lets-iphone-users-pay-with-handsets.html

The services are based on “Near-Field Communication,” a technology that can beam and receive information at a distance of up to 4 inches, due to be embedded in the next iteration of the iPhone for AT&T Inc. and the iPad 2, Doherty said. Both products are likely to be introduced this year, he said, citing engineers who are working on hardware for the Apple project.


http://mobile.bloomberg.com/news/2013-01-09/apple-said-to-develop-cheaper-iphone-model-for-late-2013.html

The device would use cheaper parts and may be smaller than current models, people familiar with the plans said.


These guys don't have a clue what they're talking about.

My guess: it's a mixup.

1. Apple probably is experimenting with larger displays
2. Apple probably is experimenting with curved displays

However, I highly doubt they would use curved displays in the iPhone. I suspect the curved displays are actually iWatch displays and not the larger iPhone displays.
Rating: 46 Votes
13 months ago
Alleged iPhone 6 prototype



Rating: 34 Votes
13 months ago
Two new models of a great phone, and (finally!) with a decent screen size too!!

Too bad I went over to Samsung already. :D
Rating: 33 Votes
13 months ago
Looking forward to the release and the comments from all those iPhone purists who have been laughing at any screen bigger than 4 inches. :D
Rating: 29 Votes
13 months ago
Just get an iPad mini and be done with it!
Rating: 26 Votes
13 months ago

How does a curved screen help anyone with anything?


Who would buy songs on iTunes when you can download them from Napster?

Why a touch screen on an iPhone when Blackberry and Nokia use keyboards?

Who needs a giant touch screen iPod when we have netbooks?

Your comment will be forgotten just like the rest that expressed doubt.
Rating: 25 Votes
13 months ago

Looking forward to the release and the comments from all those iPhone purists who have been laughing at any screen bigger than 4 inches. :D


They will deny ever saying such things, and embrace anything apple puts out. Don't forget all the folks who said the ipad mini was never going to happen because jobs said it wasn't. They have all crawled back under a rock, or have since changed their tunes and LOVE the mini now. It will never change.
Rating: 24 Votes
13 months ago
I still don't understand the need for huge screens on a phone. Portability is more important to me and truly every time I see someone holding the SG Note, I laugh at the ridiculously huge phone covering 80% of his/her face.
Rating: 24 Votes

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