iPhones News, apple, iphone, Mobile phones, News, smartphones — November 11, 2013 18:45 — 0 Comments
Apple reportedly developing iPhones with larger, curved screens
The iPhone 6 will come in two models, with larger screens made out of curved glass, according to reports
Apple may be developing two larger-sized iPhones replete with curved glass screens and sensors that can detect different levels of pressure, according to a report by Bloomberg News.
A source claimed that the phones under development have screens that are 4.7in and 5.5in diagonal, both larger than the 4in screen of the iPhone 5S, currently the largest in any Apple phone.
Industry analysts have been expecting a larger phone from Apple due to the success of 5in and larger Android phones such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Sony Xperia Z.
But the idea that the two models would feature “larger displays with glass that curves downward at the edges”, as reported by Bloomberg, has not previously been suggested.
The Samsung Galaxy Round, a 5.7in phone with a curved glass display, demonstrates that the technology is ready, though the phone was released to bafflement in Western markets.
Bloomberg also reports that subsequent models may include touch screens that can detect different levels of pressure, distinguishing heavy touches from light touches on the screen. That would particularly affect musical and artistic apps, which could more accurately model the feel of playing a piano or painting a picture using the touchscreen.
In April, Apple chief executive Tim Cook dismissed rumours that the company’s upcoming phone, later revealed as the iPhone 5S, would have a larger screen. “My view continues to be that iPhone 5 has the absolute best display in the industry,” he told investors in an earnings call.
But he also left the door open for the company to increase the size in the future, saying that the company’s “competitors have made trade-offs to ship a larger display. We will not ship a larger display iPhone while these trade-offs exist.”
The curved screens may be part of Apple’s solution to those trade-offs. Bloomberg reports that the company would probably release the new phones in the third quarter of 2014.
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