Apple develops curved screens: report
Cupertino looks to the future with arced displays, first phablet
Apple Inc is working on curved displays and advanced capacitive touch systems that can detect greater ranges of pressure, according to a report by Bloomberg.
A source close to the development project said the company would release two models, in keeping with this year’s dual iPhone launch. One device will have an Apple-standard 4.7-inch screen and the other will have a 5.5-inch display, making it Apple’s first phablet-category handset, and only 5mm shy of the 5.7-inch Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
According to the insider, the screens on both devices will curve downwards at the edge, unlike the Samsung Galaxy Round and the LG G Flex, which both curve along their axes.
In the past, analysts have criticised Apple for not introducing a phablet device (defined as more than 5-inches in screen size) as it is a fast-growing sub-category within smartphones. In its last product cycle Apple, under pressure from South Korean rival Samsung, released a budget model along with its usual premium offering. However, this appeared to be a misstep as the iPhone 5C was revealed to sell for an unsubsidised price of $730 in China. This represented more than the average urban income in the very market in which Apple was hoping to increase its share.