iPhone 6 Rumored to Feature Curved Touchscreen in 2014

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The iPhone 6 is rumoured to feature bigger, curved screen expected to be released in October 2014. According to a new report published by Bloomberg, Apple is preparing to launch two new iPhones next year.

Bigger iPhone models will feature 4.7 and 5.5 inch screens. Apple changed the screen size of iPhone with the introduction of iPhone 5 with a 4 inch screen. The company touted its size as perfect fit for one hand use. Samsung has been dominating the smartphone market worldwide with devices in every price point and different screen sizes.

This year with iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, Apple for the first time since the introduction of the original iPhone launched two new models in the same year. Competition in the smartphone market is heating up more than ever as Android continues to dominate the install base.

Two models planned for release in the second half of next year will feature larger displays with glass that curves downward at the edges, said the person, declining to be identified as the details aren’t public. Sensors that can distinguish heavy or light touches on the screen may be incorporated into subsequent models, the person said.

Apple’s decision to introduce a bigger screen iPhone could certainly be seen as a response to its rival Samsung. With the iPad Air and iPad mini Apple does offer same category products in different screen sizes. So, it is possible that the the flagship model, the iPhone 6 could see an increase in screen size and also feature curved glass.

Gorilla Glass manufactured by Corning is used in all iOS devices. Earlier this year in January during CES, Corning showcased Willow Glass, which is bendable and only 0.1mm thick. Corning had announced that mass production will commence in the second half of 2013 and commercial products would be available in early 2014.

The report about curved glass in iPhone 6 and Corning’s estimated time for commercial availability of willow glass in 2014 clearly suggests that next year we could see bigger iPhone with curved touchscreen.

Apple is reportedly also working on enhanced touch sensors for models slated for 2015 release. The new sensors will include pressure sensitivity so the inputs could result in new gestures and features.

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