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

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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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Reason077

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Why stop at 5.5 inches? Apple should build, say, a 6.5 inch "iPhone maxi" just to ensure they are always a step ahead of the competition.
 

rneglia

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Most iPhone 5 owners will be getting whatever Apple release in Sept. 2014. But the question remains, will this be available on T-Mobile?
 

Rogifan

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Does anyone actually believe this? Larger screen phone, sure, but curved display, no way.
 

Oohara

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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
 

boshii

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I would think a curved screen that curves downward at the edges will make it easier and more comfortable to reach the harder to reach places furthest from the thumb.
 

iSayuSay

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Zomg .. A larger iPhone .. Now I can retire my 4S peacefully!! Let's get it on Apple. This time please make it wider too .. Please pretty please?? :eek:
 

Kendo

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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.
 

Xenc

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what's the point of a curved screen? Larger screen? I can see that, but do not understand what a curved screen is for.
Sits more comfortably in the hand and better matches the way our fingers move. There have been other phones with curved screens (eg. Nexus S).
 

ColdShadow

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curved display has to be the most useless technology ever,I don't see any benefit with a phones display being curved.it should be avoided.
as for larger iPhones,I'm all in.I'd say 4.7 inches is the perfect size but 5.5 inches is not practical and too big for a phone.
3.5-4 inches smart phones are too small to be used comfortably unless you just want to use basic features and anything over 5 inches would be too uncomfortable to handle and use as a phone.

in general,large smart phones (max 5 inches) and small tablets (8 inches) are the ideal and superior sizes for these products.
 
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