Next iPhones to have large curved displays and better touchscreen sensors, says Bloomberg

By on November 11, 2013, 9:24 AM
iphone, rumor, bloomberg

Apple is working on two new iPhone models with curved displays and screen sizes measuring 4.7 and 5.5 inches, respectively. Both devices will be launched in the second half of 2014 according to a Bloomberg report. The Wall Street Journal had earlier hinted that Apple was working on large screen iPhone models, but this is the first time we've seen a reputable publication suggesting plans to actually launch such devices in the near future.

Rumors of large screen iPhone models are a little easier to swallow given the growing popularity of the form factor. Android's heavy hitter Samsung Galaxy S4 sports a 5-inch display, while other popular flagship phones on the platform such as the Nexus 5, HTC One and Moto X are all in the same 4.7 to 5-inch range.

Curved displays have yet to prove themselves with consumers and Apple isn't know for rushing into new technologies just for the sake of being first, or in this case keeping up -- after all, they've neglected NFC all this time. But given their South Korean rival has already released the Galaxy Round, the first smartphone to come with a curved display, it makes sense for them to at least have something in the labs.

Bloomberg further adds that Apple is working on enhanced sensors for its smartphone displays that can detect varied pressure levels. An inbuilt pressure gauge would not only make drawing and writing applications better, but could also have an impact on how comfortable using a touch screen is. That said, the report mentions this is unlikely to be ready for the next iPhone release and is instead planned for a later model.

Be sure to take this with a grain of salt. The report cites a person "familiar with the plans" who declined to be identified as the details aren't public yet. It's difficult to comment on the accuracy of information, but the sources do throw some weight behind it. It'll be quite a few months before we know for sure, though.

Curved iPhone mock-up via Businessinsider




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MilwaukeeMike said:

Funny how the 'curved iphone' mockup looks different on different sites. Some are showing it as a curve like a regular telephone handset would have that would follow your face when talking. But the picture in this story makes it look inflated.

OneSpeed said:

This is getting ridiculous. Androids (Samsung/LG) announces curved display with some already in prototype, and the larger screens - been there done that. Has Apple not been able to do anything innovative but copy the Android platform since Jobs departure? Makes you sick to see a company like litigious Apple copying Samsung.

1 person liked this | TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I don't get the curved display thing. How does that make a phone "better?"

EsOhCeeBFD EsOhCeeBFD said:

This is getting ridiculous. Androids (Samsung/LG) announces curved display with some already in prototype, and the larger screens - been there done that. Has Apple not been able to do anything innovative but copy the Android platform since Jobs departure? Makes you sick to see a company like litigious Apple copying Samsung.

I agree. It's becoming more and more noticeable that Jobs was really the only innovative and Creative mind at apple.

1 person liked this | Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

I don't get the curved display thing. How does that make a phone "better?"

It differentiates itself from other phones until all phone are curved then they'll have to think up something else. Oh yes, they can also charge you an arm and a leg now and fob you off with R&D mumbo jumbo.

1 person liked this | EsOhCeeBFD EsOhCeeBFD said:

It differentiates itself from other phones until all phone are curved then they'll have to think up something else. Oh yes, they can also charge you an arm and a leg now and fob you off with R&D mumbo jumbo.

They'll start making flat face phones again. Mark my words, I'm calling it right now. And everyone will be all surprised, too. like it's never been done before.

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

They'll start making flat face phones again. Mark my words, I'm calling it right now. And everyone will be all surprised, too. like it's never been done before.

Old will always be new.

EsOhCeeBFD EsOhCeeBFD said:

Old will always be new.

"That's how dad did it, that's how America does it, and it's worked out pretty well so far!"

1 person liked this | psycros psycros said:

A slightly bigger iPhone than we've had before makes sense to a lot of people. A curved back also makes a lot of sense, esp. if it has a smooth surface that provides a little grip, but a curved screen is almost a parody of pointless "innovation". Here's some real innovation: why not an iPhone with a landscape slider keyboard? Think of all the poor Blackberry refugees who would flock to Apple, which could pretend it invented phones with keyboards.

dennis777 dennis777 said:

Make an iphone shape like an apple. epic

Emexrulsier said:

Make a curved display that wraps the whole phone making it possible to full script and develop you own custom "cases"

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

A slightly bigger iPhone than we've had before makes sense to a lot of people. A curved back also makes a lot of sense, esp. if it has a smooth surface that provides a little grip, but a curved screen is almost a parody of pointless "innovation". Here's some real innovation: why not an iPhone with a landscape slider keyboard? Think of all the poor Blackberry refugees who would flock to Apple, which could pretend it invented phones with keyboards.

Actually a curved screen would make sense on a smart watch but I can't see it making sense on a phone.

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