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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 DukeN on 11/11/2013 10:18:21 AM , Rating: 2
Of course an iPhone user trying to paint non-Apple fanbois as poor.

I just got the Note 3, to go along with my Workstation, ThinkPad 420s and THREE tablets.

The reason? It is easier to use a bigger phone for a lot of people, including me.

RE: Interesting...
By retrospooty on 11/11/2013 10:26:50 AM , Rating: 2
"Of course an iPhone user trying to paint non-Apple fanbois as poor. I just got the Note 3"

Yes, the Note3... The most expensive production model phone available. Poor you.

Hell of a nice phone too BTW.

RE: Interesting...
By DukeN on 11/11/2013 11:32:01 AM , Rating: 2
That was my point exactly.

People buying these high end phones with big screens aren't doing so because they can't afford a tablet as Apple douchebags try to imply.

RE: Interesting...
By retrospooty on 11/11/2013 11:35:36 AM , Rating: 2
LOL. Yes, it cant possibly be that you like your phone over any iDevice because of the mountain of features it has that IOS doesn't even support... You must just be poor. /r

RE: Interesting...
By Motoman on 11/11/2013 1:10:47 PM , Rating: 2
Proof positive once again that Apple consumers don't buy Apple products because of the product itself...they buy it because they think it makes them cool.

RE: Interesting...
By retrospooty on 11/11/2013 2:59:33 PM , Rating: 2
Ya, alot of them are like that. It's the Kardashianizing of our culture.

“And I don't know why [Apple is] acting like it’s superior. I don't even get it. What are they trying to say?” -- Bill Gates on the Mac ads

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