Apple Inc. is developing a whole new design for the screen of the upcoming iPhone 6, according to Bloomberg. The report says that Apple’s new creation will have a curved screen that has a whole new set of sensors in it. The sensors are reportedly able to detect multiple amounts of pressure, according to sources who are “familiar with the matter.”
Two Models To Be Released
There will be two models that will be released sometime in the second half of 2014. They will feature a larger display than the iPhone 5 and the glass will curve down on the edges. The source has asked that their identity not be revealed because Apple has not yet made these details public knowledge. However, the idea of a larger, curved screen is something people have been speculating on for some time now.
The new sensor sets are another great upgrade to current iPhone models. While the new sensors may not be available in the initial models, they could come into being in subsequent releases.
The size of the two models is perhaps the biggest topic of conversation as they will sport screens of 4.7 and 5.5 inches. This is larger than any iPhone ever released by Apple, and will be almost the same size as the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 that debuted in September of this year. Samsung also beat Apple to the punch on a curved screen with its Galaxy Round, which comes in several different configurations and price points. Right now, Samsung is leading the world in smartphone sales, leaving Apple in a bitter second place.
Apple spokesperson, Natalie Kerris, declined to offer comments to Bloomberg about the new models that are rumored to be in development. However, other people have weighed in with their opinions of the new iPhone.
Dennis Chan is an analyst at Yuanta Financial Holding Co. in Taipei, and he said, “Screen size is one of the things where Apple has to catch up with the Android camp.” However, he also noted that Apple has been one of the most innovative companies when it comes to releasing products to the public.
iPhone 5 Signaled A Change
Apple changed its strategy last year when it released the iPhone 5 in two available models. Up until that time, only one model of each previous generation had been made available to the public. The iPhone 5c was the introductory model, with a lower price point that the 5s, which touted a few more advanced features. The idea was to appeal to a broader market by offering two different phones, but in the end the 5c is in much lower demand and production has been cut.
iPhone 6 Still In Testing
The iPhone 6 models have not been fully tested and the new sensors most likely will not be completely ready in time for the next launch. This means that Apple fans will have to wait for a subsequent model to be released before the technology will be in their hands. In the meantime, the iPhone 5s is still a relevant purchase choice.