Apple reportedly to be developing iPhones with curved glass displays up to 5.5 inch
Bloomberg reported that Apple is developing two next generation iPhones with larger, curved glass displays set to be released in the second half of 2014. The two phones would very much be in the phablet category with displays measuring at 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch respectively and will use screens which curve downwards at the edges, said a person familiar with the plans. The larger screens would position Apple more in line with Samsung’s S4 and Note 3.
The report also cited that Apple is actively working on pressure sensitive display sensors. This functionality will be able to sense different levels of pressure on the screen. However, this is not expected to be part of the 2014 iPhone line up and is currently planned for a later model.
“Two models planned for release in the second half of next year would feature larger displays with glass that curves downward at the edges, said the person, declining to be identified because 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.”
There have been reports earlier that Apple is working on prototype of larger display iPhones. While Apple routinely develops prototype devices, that doesn’t necessarily mean that they will be released. That being said, this is the first that a curved display iPhone is being mentioned. It would, however, mean that there would be great changes coming with the iPhone 6.
Below are some realistic renders by Martin Hajek & Steve Hemmerstoffer.