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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 hpglow on 11/11/2013 11:00:49 AM , Rating: 2
I'm in that camp of people dumping my ios devices because Apple isn't keeping up with the times. I spend about half of my time on my phone browsing the web. For this the iPhone 5's screen is too small. More real estate is better and there is no way I'm toting around a tablet in addition to my phone. So even though iOS is pretty simple and restrictive and Apple's devices are generally restrictive I didn't mind paying for them due to the superior home entertainment and car integration. But the screen size is a show stopper.

Apple also recently forced me out as a tablet customer. Without more flash on the base ipad and by continuing to charge $100 extra for more flash I had to move. 16GB on a media consumption device is inexcusable. After switching to android I am generally pleased but at least with the devices I own there are some pretty piss poor UI choices. For instance the nook hd+ has no battery indicator on the lock screen and often requires a reboot after nook or google store video purchases.

RE: Interesting...
By retrospooty on 11/11/2013 11:06:20 AM , Rating: 2
" But the screen size is a show stopper."

Exactly... The screen, being the part you look at and interface with 100% of the time is highly important. Whatever anyone's particular needs are for a screen, if that need isn't being met by a certain phone, the phone is a no go for them.

RE: Interesting...
By Fleeb on 11/11/2013 7:56:20 PM , Rating: 3
Jobs said something about the 3.5" screen size (particularly with regards to the horizontal width which the thumb can operate comfortably, moving from side to side) being a sweet spot though, and he was a perfectionist visionary Jesus Christ of computing.

"We shipped it on Saturday. Then on Sunday, we rested." -- Steve Jobs on the iPad launch

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