The iPhone 6 may come next year with a bigger screen as many are hoping, but according to Bloomberg’s sources, that screen may also be curved. Tim Culpan and Adam Satariano report that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is also working on new designs for the iPhone which also include better sensors in addition to a bigger, curved screen.
At this point we don’t know what the next iPhone models will be called, but for the sake of following naming tradition, we’ll refer to the next model as the iPhone 6.
iPhone 6 could launch late next year
Many analysts have been expecting that the iPhone 6 would be out no later than June, but that’s not the case according to Bloomberg’s sources. They said that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is working on two new models which would come out sometime in the second half of 2014. The people said a third quarter 2014 release date is likely, although the two new models are still in the development stages.
It sounds like both of them would have glass displays which curve down at the edges.
iPhone 6 could have a 4.7 or 5.5 inch screen
Other sources have said recently that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) was working on an iPhone 6 with a 4.7 inch to 5.5 inch screen. The report appeared to suggest that there would be just one larger iPhone, but Bloomberg’s report appears to indicate that one of the two new iPhones will have a 4.7 inch screen and the other will have a 5.5 inch screen.
Most analysts agree that Apple needs an iPhone with a bigger screen, mostly because there is a plethora of Android and now Windows Phone devices which offer larger screens. Many were hoping to see a big-screen iPhone this year, but Apple didn’t deliver. The company did try, however, to release a less expensive iPhone. At this point all indications point to the more expensive iPhone 5S being in much higher demand than the less expensive iPhone 5C.
Apple working on new iPhone sensors
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is also said to be working on better iPhone sensors which can detect the difference between light or heavy touches on the screen. However, Bloomberg’s sources said this technology might not be ready for the iPhone 6 or whatever the next iPhone ends up being called. If the new tech isn’t ready for the next model, this may continue Apple’s tradition of doing a major form factor redesign on the main numbered upgrades (i.e., the iPhone 6) and adding new sensors to the S upgrade like it did for the iPhone 5S.