Apple developing two iPhones with bigger 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch curved displays for Q314

“Apple Inc. is developing new iPhone designs including bigger screens with curved glass and enhanced sensors that can detect different levels of pressure, said a person familiar with the plans,” Tim Culpan and Adam Satariano report for Bloomberg News.

“Two models planned for release in the second half of next year would feature larger displays with glass that curves downward at the edges, said the person, declining to be identified because the details aren’t public. Sensors that can distinguish heavy or light touches on the screen may be incorporated into subsequent models, the person said,” Culpan and Satariano report. “With screens of 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches, the two new models would be Apple’s largest iPhones, the person said.”

“The new Apple handsets are still in development and plans haven’t been completed, the person said, adding that the company probably would release them in the third quarter of next year,” Culpan and Satariano report. “Testing continues on the pressure-sensitive technology, which is unlikely to be ready for the next iPhone release and is instead planned for a later model, the person said.”

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42 Comments

    1. What’s so hard to believe. They felt it when everyone was underwhelmed with the latest phones. Especially wall street. It’s the obvious improvement along with storage size and battery life. 3years too late. And everyone on this page will buy one. Right after I do.

    1. That’s all your life needs to be “awesome?” Will you shriek with passionate pleasure every time you answer your “awesome” iPhone. Will it be better than meeting God?

  1. Let’s see, we have to stop those iPhone sales before Christmas. What can we do to screw over Apple?

    I’ve got it! We will release an absurd rumor about a too big for your pocket iPhone. Hell, let’s make it 2 absurd, giant iPhones.

    We gotta kill those 5s and 5c sales somehow.

    1. Correct. This article was not written with any intention of benefiting Apple or educating the populace. The same article appeared in venture beat under the headline “Apple continues to follow Samsung”. It’s obviously a plant to do harm to Apple’s current sales. You’re right on.

      1. Not sure how this impacts on the current sales of the 5C/5S, seeing as how it’s talking about phones to be introduced in the second half of next year, which would be in line with the release of the iP6 in the fall.

  2. If Apple jump on the band wagon of making silly sized phones I hope they still sell the current 4 inch.
    As Ive said before, adding phone capabilities to the iPad Mini is the only smart thing to do. Universal apps take my preference every time but if the size of them starts to bloat so badly by having to support 8, 9 or 10 different screen sizes, universal apps may become a thing of the past

  3. “People familiar with the matter…”

    Who would that be? If Apple really is developing prototypes of new iPhone models in various sizes (and I’m sure they are for testing purposes), who would actually know? I bet it wouldn’t be more than a handful of top people: a few engineers, Jony Ive and a few assistants, a couple executives, maybe a few others who’ve signed extremely severe non-disclosure agreements. None of those people are likely to share this information with the media. Therefore this info comes from sketchy sources who have their own agenda for manipulating the press. Utter rubbish, until Apple actually tells us what they’re doing.

  4. This piece reads like a joke:
    “said a person familiar with the plans”
    “said the person, declining to be identified because the details aren’t public” (???)
    “the person said”
    “the person said”
    Familiar with the plans? Details aren’t public? What f***ing person? One person? And they print this rubbish?
    Bloomberg should be ashamed of themselves for lowering themselves to the level of the Inquirer – where these two so-called reporters belong.

    dmz

    1. Lest you missed it, that ship has sailed some time since. In a world distorted by technology, there is no longer any intrinsic shame in assembling words for money to feed your family. Professional ethics are defined by their times.

  5. A slightly curved display might have utility, but I cannot say without having had the opportunity to test one.

    I curved display would be more likely to get scratched, so the new sapphire material would come in handy. However, it would be very difficult to create a curved screen from the sapphire boule using a diamond saw. These pieces just don’t fit together unless you could cut a flat piece and then let it sag over a curved mandrel under high heat.

    I don’t buy this rumor.

  6. Rather stupidly, T3 initially ran with this story saying that Apple has announced these curved displays. They’ve since tamed down the headline, but if you look at the header and the info in the link, you can still see what they originally claimed.

    http://www.t3.com/news/apple-announces-new-iphone-designs-with-bigger-curved-screens

    Anybody with any knowledge of Apple would instantly understand the absurdity of expecting people to believe that Apple would announce such a thing so far in advance – and on a Sunday too !

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