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It's also testing pressure-sensitive sensors

Apple is reportedly working on new iPhones that are larger, have curved displays and feature pressure-sensitive sensors. 

According to a report from Bloomberg, Apple plans to release 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhone models in the third quarter of 2014. Both versions will reportedly feature curved glass screens (more specifically, the displays will "curve downward at the edges").

Offering various iPhone form factors could be a smart idea for Apple, considering its main competition -- Samsung's Android-powered phones -- sell at many different sizes and price points. 

This method is definitely working for Android phones. According to IDC, Google's operating system grabbed 79.3 percent of global Q2 2013 market share while Apple's iOS claimed just 13.2 percent. 

Larger iPhone screen mockup by iMore

Apple traditionally kept its iPhones at 3.5 inches, but broke that tradition when it released the iPhone 5 at 4 inches. The most recent members of the iPhone family -- the 5C and 5S -- have kept that 4-inch display.

Bloomberg's report falls in line with another report from The Wall Street Journal back in July, which said Apple was testing larger iPhone screens at 4.7 and 5.7 inches. That WSJ article also mentioned that Apple was testing a 13-inch iPad. 

Aside from changing up its display sizes and adding some curves, Bloomberg reported that Apple is also working on new pressure-sensitive sensors. However, these sensors won't be ready in time for next year's iPhone release(s).

The sensors will be able to tell the difference between heavy and light touches on the screen. It's currently in testing. 

Apple's fiscal 2013 fourth quarter earnings showed 33.8 million iPhone sales, which beat analyst expectations of 31 million. It's not yet clear how many of those were 5S' and 5Cs, but it definitely beat the year-ago quarter's 26.9 million iPhone sales.

Sources: Apple Insider, Bloomberg

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RE: Interesting...
By hughlle on 11/11/2013 9:14:04 AM , Rating: 2
I have a nexus 7 and 10. I recently bought an htc one, well, got it free on my contract. I have no use for it as a gaming device, a video player, or web browsing. I opted for it for no over reason than for improved ease of texting due to the larger screen (long distance relationship, texts are often rather long). That and the camera are the only reasons i wanted a bigger phone. But in terms of what it's marketed for, i couldn't care less. 720p, 1080p, doesn't bother me, you're still watching, playing, browsing content on a pointless teeny tiny screen. I actually want to enjoy what i watch or play, hence the tablets. I buy devices for specific usages.

as to using the phone with two hands or one, that is a non-issue for me. The only time i used any phone one handed was for calls, other than that even the nokia 3310 i would use two handed.

RE: Interesting...
By icanhascpu on 11/11/2013 3:02:55 PM , Rating: 2
The hundreds of millions of people that own a non-phone portable gaming device would disagree.

RE: Interesting...
By headbox on 11/11/13, Rating: -1
RE: Interesting...
By augiem on 11/11/2013 9:31:53 PM , Rating: 3
I recently bought an htc one, well, got it free on my contract.

No, you were right the first time. You bought it and are making monthly payments on it via your contract's higher monthly fees vs prepaid.

"There's no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance." -- Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer

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