Bloomberg reports that Apple is working on larger iPhones with a curved glass display and enhanced touch sensors that can detect different levels of pressure.
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 two models will reportedly measure 4.7 and 5.5 inches respectively, which comes close to Samsung Galaxy Note 3’s 5.7 inch display. The company is expected to unveil the iPhone 6 in Q3 of 2014 according to Bloomberg’s sources. The report also says that the pressure sensitive touch sensors won’t be ready for the next iPhone, and will instead be a part of a later generation iPhone.
Apple has considered a curved glass design for the iPhone before too, but had shelved its plans due to high costs. It has even filed a patent for a technique to mold thin glass into bent or curved shapes. Now with curved glass displays going into mass production, and Samsung and LG announcing curved glass phones, it doesn’t seem surprising that Apple’s considering a curved glass iPhone design too.
An iPhone with a bigger screen has been one of the most requested feature, and it looks like the next iPhone will finally be coming with a display larger than 4-inches. That said, we expect Apple to continue offering a 4-inch iPhone variant as well, since a number of people prefer the current size.
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