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Apple develops curved screens: report

Cupertino looks to the future with arced displays, first phablet

In the past, analysts have criticised Apple for not introducing a phablet device.
In the past, analysts have criticised Apple for not introducing a phablet device.

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.