A larger, curved iPhone screen could be in the works at Apple, insider sources say, and the screen could have enhanced sensors that detect different levels of pressure.
Bloomberg News reported two curved iPhone models,
which would feature larger displays of 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches, are slated for release in the second half of 2014. The screens "curve downward at the edges," the source said.
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The sensors would distinguish heavy touches from light touches. If the company perfects the technology and users like the feature, it may be used in subsequent iPhone models, the source who chose not to be identified said.
The models would be Apple's largest iPhone yet, nearing the size of Samsung's 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 3. Apple's most recent model, the iPhone 5S, has a 4-inch screen. Preceding models were 3.5 inches.
It appears curved screens are becoming a trend for smart phone makers. Samsung released a curved-screen Galaxy Round, which came in an array of sizes and price points. LG is set to release its G Flex phone, which is curved from top to bottom. The two versions use slightly different technology for the curved shape, Information Week reported.
The fact that these tech giants are quick to take a gamble on curved screens is surprising, considering Samsung has openly admitted that the Galaxy Round is a prototype. It retails for about $1,000 in Samsung's home market of Korea. It is not clear whether the Galaxy Round, nor the G Flex, will ever be sold in the U.S.
The new Apple handsets are still in development, the source told Bloomberg. Apple will probably release them in the third quarter of next year.
Natalie Kerris, a spokeswoman for Cupertino, California-based company, declined to comment.
If the rumors are true about the new models, it wouldn't be the first time Apple released two devices at once. In September, the tech giant released the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C.
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Revenue growth for the current quarter, Apple's traditional holiday sales period, may be the slowest since 2008,
according to data compiled by Bloomberg based on the company's financial forecast published last month.
Samsung said last month it expects this quarter's shipment growth rate
from the prior quarter to fall to a "low single digit" percentage from the "mid-10 percent range" the prior period.
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