updated 04:35 pm EST, Sun November 10, 2013
Apple said to work on curved glass iPhones
Future generations of Apple's iPhone could pack curving screens and pressure sensitivity sensors, according to a new report from Bloomberg. The Cupertino company is said to have new handsets in development that will finally reify longstanding rumors that new iPhones would sport even larger screens. According to the new report, Apple's potential devices could sport displays of 4.7 and 5.5 inches.
The report notes that the devices are still in development and that plans for them are not complete. Supposedly, Apple would release the new, larger-screened iPhones in the third quarter of next year. How exactly those new, larger-screened devices would fit into Apple's current iPhone pricing tiers is unknown.
As to the curved screens, the technology would likely help Apple to improve the durability of its bestselling handsets. Both LG and Apple's chief rival Samsung have been showing off devices with curving displays recently, and the improved toughness of those displays is typically a point of emphasis in demonstrations.
Unlike Samsung and LG, though, Apple's devices would not have a fully curved form factor. Instead, the glass of the iPhone display would curve around the edges of the device. Samsung showed off such technology earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show.
Perhaps a larger change would be the addition of pressure sensitivity to displays. The new report says that technology is unlikely to be ready for inclusion in the next generation of iPhones, but that Apple is at the least considering it and working on it. Reportedly, iPhones would have sensors built in that could distinguish between light and heavy touches. Prior reports on the supposed features to expect in next generation iOS devices have been hit or miss at best, as Apple tends to work on a wide range of technologies and doesn't necessarily put them to work in its devices immediately, if at all.