GADGET DESIGNER Apple reportedly is working on two curved smartphones for release next year to challenge Samsung and LG.
Citing someone "familiar with the matter", Bloomberg reported that Apple is developing 4.7in and 5.5in smartphones that will feature curved glass and enhanced pressure sensitivity in addition to larger screens.
Clearly looking to rival smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy Round, the glass displays on Apple's next generation iPhones will curve downwards at the edges, a first for the iPhone.
However, some analysts have been quick to debunk claims that Apple will release an iPhone with a screen larger than 5in. Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities said he expects Apple to release a handset with a screen size between 4.5in and 5in due to the firm's strong belief that handsets should be easy to operate one-handedly.
Beyond larger, curved displays, Apple reportedly is also working on sensors that will be able to distinguish between hard and light touches, although those might not debut on the firm's 2014 iPhone line.
We don't know when the curved iPhones, which might debut as the iPhone 6S and iPhone 5C, will appear. However, Bloomberg's source claimed that the devices are still in development, with Apple planning to unveil the handsets in the third quarter of 2014, in line with previous iPhone releases.
Apple declined to comment on the speculation. µ