Bloomberg is reporting this morning that Apple is currently developing 4.7 & 5.5 inch iPhones with curved glass slated to be released in the second half of next year. In addition, they are working on adding pressure sensitive glass to subsequent models that would be able to distinguish the difference in how hard a user presses down on the screen. It is not believed that this technology will be available in time for the next iPhone model, though.
Two models planned for release in the second half of next year will feature larger displays with glass that curves downward at the edges, said the person, declining to be identified as 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.
Apple has been rumored to be releasing a new larger display iPhone for some time now, and many have targeted the iPhone 6 as being that very phone. Earlier this year the WSJ had reported that Apple was been evaluating options and screen sizes in the 4.8 to 6 inch range.
The new Apple handsets are still in development and plans haven’t been completed, the person said, adding that the company will probably release them in the third quarter of next year.
Larger size smartphone screens and curved screen technology are hot topics right now, and I’m glad to see that Apple is forging ahead and not remaining stagnant with respect to screen sizes. It is clear that there is a large demand for smart phones ranging in size from 4.5-5.5 inches. What remains unclear, though, is if Apple will remain to offer 3.5 & 4 inch iPhone moving forward. My guess is that they will retain the 4 inch model, as many consumers still desire a smaller size screen.
If Apple provides a 4.7 – 5.5 inch iPhone, would you be interested in replacing your old iPhone, or would you finally buy your first iPhone?