Rumor: Apple's next iPhones to have bigger screens and curved displays

Apple launched the new iPhone 5S a few weeks ago but the speculation surrounding the next version of the iOS family is already beginning. Bloomberg reports, via unnamed sources, that Apple will release iPhones with larger screens in the second half of 2014, something which has been rumored in the past.

This new story also claims that the next iPhones will have curved displays, specifically screens that will curve downward at the edges. This rumor follows the news that both Samsung and LG are launching smartphones with curved displays, although their approaches to offering this feature are quite different.

Bloomberg claims the next iPhone models will have displays that will be 4.7 and 5.5 inches in size, far bigger than the 4-inch model that Apple introduced with the iPhone 5 in 2012. The report adds that Apple is developing technology for future iPhones that will include sensors on the touchscreen designed to detect different levels of pressure from a person's finger. However, that kind of feature is not expected to be a part of Apple's 2014 iPhone models, according to the article. As usual, Apple declined to comment to Bloomberg on their report.

Source: Bloomberg | Image via Apple

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I think phone makers should concentrate on making better batteries before going for gimmicks like bigger screens and curved screens.

Rumor or not, at this point is doesn't even matter. Having to wait 3 years to have what other already have is just stupid. It took 3 years for Apple to have copy/paste which was available on smartphones and even PDA's since day one.

Larger screens have been avail since 2009 and every Apple fan was saying it was a gimmick and that it would fail because no one would want a phone bigger than 3.5".

Fast forward to 2010 and 25% of the phones sold were 4.3" or above. Fast forward 3 years later and more than 50% of the phones sold today are above 4.3" The only losers in this? iFans.

Until iDiots stand up and stop buying meager upgrades, Apple will keep milking the cash cow just like video game makers did in the 80's and 90's.

This is why it is better for a platform to have true competition. Competition in which more than one OEM uses the same platform. Because here are only two ways to really try to outdo each other...its price and feature adoption.

Whether you consider a feature to be useless, gimmicky or plan stupid...the really is an option is better than no option and like anything you buy, you never use every single feature. There are people with 4 wheel drive cars and trucks who don't even live in areas that snow.

At this point a 5" iPhone would be nice. But 5" in which direction? Is Apple going to stick with that stupid aspect ration and resolutions they have now? Are they finally going to go full HD? Because a 4.7" iPhone with a 720P would be simply stupid. At today's standards, which Apple always avoid, 1080p is the bare minimum now and if Apple does any less, the sales are going to start to fall. I think Apple got a taste with the 5C trying to release outdated hardware yet again in an ugly plastic phone.

Curved displays are stupid for now. especially how Samsung did the round. What would be great is to have a 5.5" device that has a 6.5" display inside that curves o it fits inside the smaller case. So that its like a mini iMax screen nd increase the resolution to double 1920x1080 or close to it. Get rid of physical buttons altogether, except to power on the device.

If Apple wants iPhone 6 to sell high, it needs to break the mold they've been using for the past 5 years.

i really do not like this idea, i saw women this afternoon a gigantic mobile but she could barely hold in her hands much less push a shopping cart. it looked very odd and uncomfortable. she looked she she was getting very ****ed off and about to throw it to the ground.

Apple to make curved phones? There's nothing new about that. Here in Asia for many years a lot of companies have been making completely bent phones.

The headline should have been "Apple the Last Company on Earth to Make Big Screen Phones". How the mighty have fallen. Apple used to be the leader. Now they're the last to do things.

If Steve Jobs was alive today he'd be turning in his grave.

They are a little late. Up to two days ago i had the iPhone 4. Went to XPERIA Z, which is cheaper now, because of the bigger screen. Was this close to buy an iPhone 5/5s but the 4'' played a big part in my decision...

Personally I find 5" the largest screen for me but..... I feel to be back in the '70s and the muscle cars... The bigger, the better.
Not sure about the idea of a curved screen although the bending outward at the edges is more intriguing than the concave ones.

I'll take the bigger screen, but shove your curved ****. Steve Jobs would have seen that **** for the gimmick it is.

benthebear said,
I'd take a bigger screen, but curved? I don't see the need, and I don't need a huge bulge coming from my pocket.

You could use it as a toque.

Steve Jobs loved curved glass: He's got a patent for the curved glass structure at the Shanghai store:

http://www.tuaw.com/2012/03/20...hanghai-apple-store-design/

And he was insistent that the new headquarters be made out of curved glass, despite the massive costs and time it takes to produce curved glass


The plans call for unprecedented 40-foot, floor-to-ceiling panes of concave glass from Germany. Before the Cupertino council, Jobs noted, “there isn't a straight piece of glass on the whole building … and as you know if you build things, this isn't the cheapest way to build them.”

Remember when the iPhone 4 had the perfect sized screen and other manufacturers were only making bigger screens as a gimmick because they couldn't compete against Apple?

benthebear said,
No.

Selective memory is mandatory for all iClub members to experience the full magic of iJobs RDF, no exceptions.

Lord Method Man said,
Remember when the iPhone 4 had the perfect sized screen and other manufacturers were only making bigger screens as a gimmick because they couldn't compete against Apple?

You would prefer it if Apple never made adjustments to their views and standpoints based on consumer demand? Every company has said one thing and ended up doing something else in later years if they needed to.

recursive said,

Selective memory is mandatory for all iClub members to experience the full magic of iJobs RDF, no exceptions.

Hey, I heard the year of Linux is this year.

Lord Method Man said,
Remember when the iPhone 4 had the perfect sized screen and other manufacturers were only making bigger screens as a gimmick because they couldn't compete against Apple?

Remember when there was a rumor about the iPhone 5S having a 5 inch screen and Apple releasing an "iPhone Mini" with the standard 4 inch size? yeah, that surely happened.

ENOUGH ABOUT CURVED DISPLAYS OMGGG. I want to find that damn person in Samsung and other companies that proposed the idea of a curved display and throw a dodgeball at his/her face. You can't even put curved display phones in your pocket easily (depending on the radius of the curve)!!!

/rant

It STARTS with a curved display. After it works, and matures, then will come the fully foldable display, something I personally am looking forward to.
It would be nice, for my use, to have a phone, with a 4-5" screen when folded, and, when opened would be an 8-10" tablet. I could then leave my laptop in the car when working.
To each his/her own...

naap51stang said,
It STARTS with a curved display. After it works, and matures, then will come the fully foldable display, screen ...

Great, so let others beta test this half baked idea in the meantime.

You haven't thought the folding thing through either. If you fold the 8-10" tablet in half then the screen will be on the INside and you can't use it as the phone screen.

I'd say it's a pretty bad rumor. Obviously they will release an iPhone with a bigger screen at some point, since people have been demanding that for some time. Nobody cares about curved screens, and it will cost considerably more making profits less. The same crap was said about Apple including NFC, but that never happened. There's no point in them wasting money including new features that nobody wants. That's bad business.

I agree curved displays are likely no big deal, but NFC is certainly more useful. The problem with new tech is one word...SUPPORT. NFC certainly has support. The problem with it is simple. It can't be implemented the same way on all carriers. For example, Verizon has a serious issue with Google Wallet because it sidesteps using teir network. Which opens doors for Verizon not to protect it customers which is a very good reason. The issue with NFC is it is easy to circumvent. Its not that people don't want it. The problem is a solution which can be had that can work with every carrier at the same time. Its cost to much to implement it one way for ATT and another for VZW.