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Apple reportedly prepping 4.7" and 5.5" iPhones with curved screens

  • Bloomberg reports Apple (AAPL) plans to release iPhones featuring 4.7" and 5.5" displays, as well as "glass that curves downward at the edges," in 2H14. Apple is also reportedly thinking of integrating "sensors that can distinguish heavy or light touches on the screen" in subsequent models; this suggests the inclusion of advanced haptic feedback tech.
  • There have been plenty of reports indicating Apple is looking to offer one or more iPhones with a larger display next year, as it tries to address soaring demand for phones with larger displays. Demand for such phones, along with a mix shift towards cheaper smartphones, has been pressuring Apple's European and Asian smartphone shares.
  • Samsung and LG both recently unveiled phones with curved (OLED) screens, but initial volumes have been limited. Proponents of the idea have argued a curved large-screen phone is easier to grip, and offers a greater field of view. Samsung (SSNLF, SSNGY) says it plans to offer phones with foldable displays in about two years.
  • The inclusion of haptic feedback tech within future iPhone would be a positive for haptic IP developer Immersion (IMMR). Immersion's shares once took off on a rumor (proven unfounded) the 3rd-gen iPad would feature haptic tech developed by Finland's Senseg.
  • Bloomberg's report comes as Apple gets set to buy huge volumes of sapphire from GT Advanced. While debate continues on whether enough of the exceptionally strong/scratch-resistant material will be produced in the near-term to replace traditional iPhone/iPad display cover glasses (such as Gorilla Glass), it's widely expected to do so over the long haul.
Comments (32)
  • Now if they could only create an OS that truly enabled Multi-tasking and could fix that primitive virtual keyboard...
    10 Nov 2013, 12:08 PM Reply Like
  • Or at least opened up the options for a keyboard that actually works well.
    10 Nov 2013, 12:15 PM Reply Like
  • @LYogi,


    You really mean if it were more like a BlackBerry don't you?
    Yeah, you're right. The winningest company in the world needs to take tips form the comeback joke of this decade.


    PS. and by the way; I think this is a fantastic move for Apple!
    This will be a significant catalyst for them and should cause a nice pop tomorrow.
    10 Nov 2013, 02:52 PM Reply Like
  • Primitive virtual keyboard????I don't get many years defines primitive...
    10 Nov 2013, 03:05 PM Reply Like
  • scott, 1,251 Z10 owners can't be wrong!
    10 Nov 2013, 03:08 PM Reply Like
  • @knowitall.....Good one .....wonder. If lyogi has ever touched an iPhone....just curious...I doubt it ......that's ok .....z10 needs testers..
    10 Nov 2013, 11:48 PM Reply Like
  • you guys crack me up.


    here's a taste of how the iphone virtual keyboard is primitive:


    you can't swipe to erase have to manually hit delete delete delete delete.


    when typing a word it gives you only one suggestion.


    I do have an iphone, well ipod to be exact, and typing on it is for the birds.
    10 Nov 2013, 11:51 PM Reply Like
  • @LYogi


    "I do have an iphone, well ipod to be exact, and typing on it is for the birds."


    For the birds and 40.6% of Americans.
    11 Nov 2013, 02:06 AM Reply Like
  • The best mobile phone and mobile OS will become even better. Too bad Nokia sold their mobile device business to Microsoft. The plasticky Samsungs have seen their zenith.
    10 Nov 2013, 12:14 PM Reply Like
  • Looks like Apple is late to the party on this one.
    10 Nov 2013, 12:21 PM Reply Like
  • Maybe so, but Apple has crashed many a party before and livened things up considerably once they arrived.
    10 Nov 2013, 12:46 PM Reply Like
  • Apple is not late to the party. It's the host.


    Warket Match, Fotley Mool, Gloomberg and Loiters have unanimously reported that Trader Joe's will introduce the linear banana this Monday. Walmart might just as well close down.
    10 Nov 2013, 02:02 PM Reply Like
  • Of course the same Apple fanbois who claimed all along that [first a 3.5 "] 4" screen was the best and only possible size will now gush over apple's "innovation". Not to mention the patent office (which I'm sure has a revolving door for ex patent examiners to Apple) will approve patents on 5.5& 5.7 inch rectangles with rounded corners.


    Then Apple will sue everyone in sight and try to monopolize phablets because Apple, of course, invented the category. The same Apple friends in the judiciary (Lucy, future apple employee, Koh) and in the white house (who upheld the samsung ITC ban but vetoed the Apple ITC ban) will add their help to Apple's unethical and dishonest effort to monopolize the market and try to win by judiciary what they cannot win in a open competitive market.


    I see lots of parallels between Apple and other rent seeking, government dependent companies like Goldman Sachs. While I have been long Apple in various trades, that doesn't blind me to the fact that Apple the company is nothing more than the world's most greedy patent troll.
    10 Nov 2013, 12:25 PM Reply Like
  • Whoa. Overstate things much?
    10 Nov 2013, 12:47 PM Reply Like
  • You're kidding, right? You wrong about virtually everything you just posted.


    Lucy Koh is no friend to Apple and actually reduced greatly the jury's award to Apple. If anything she is friendly to Samsung and possible on their slush fund payroll.


    The situation was much different with Obama and the two bans. Do a little research of the two situation. Samsung's should not of been upheld. But, even if you think he did it out of a sense of nationalism, do you think that stuff doesn't occur in other countries? Please. Chairman Lee of Samsung is a twice convicted felon for bribing government officials and tax evasion. He was supposed to do 9 years in jail and was pardoned by the same South Korean government officials that he had been bribing for many years. Samsung also pays bloggers to write negative things about HTC and Apple and other competitors. They pay celebrities to write negative tweets. The broke a strict court directive for their attorneys not do disclose confidential business dealings between Apple and Nokia that were disclosed to them during the discovery process in trial. They disseminated the information to hundreds of executive within Samsung and used the information to negotiate with Nokia. So PLEASE don't talk to me about unethical and dishonest business practices. Samsung is the king of unethical business practices. Also, it's tough to sound the monopoly alarm when Apple only has 15% of the global smart phone market. Apple has the right to defend their legally granted intellectual property as does every company. As a shareholder I expect them to continue to defend it vigilantly.
    10 Nov 2013, 04:35 PM Reply Like
  • "...Apple the company is nothing more than the world's most greedy patent troll."


    Honestly, Deja Vu, what are patents for? Apple invented certain very desirable characteristics of smartphones. Why should the ability to use such inventions and improvements just be free to whoever wants to steal them (i.e., Samsung)?
    10 Nov 2013, 05:00 PM Reply Like
  • Get a grip; nobody is going to say that larger-screen Apple phones are innovation. In fact the naysayers that have been hammering Apple for not having a larger screen phone will now hammer them for doing so as followers. Apple haters will vent on anything Apple does that is not mind blowing innovation while giving practically every other company on earth a pass for not doing the same.


    What really matters to customers and the stock is that Apple produces products people really want regardless of whether it has "innovation" written all over it. Many customers and would-be-customers want larger phones. Apple has finally come to grips with that and is going to sell a lot more phones; condolences to AAPL bears.
    11 Nov 2013, 03:47 AM Reply Like
  • Apple knows that the customer is always right. Even when the customer will learn the hard way.
    10 Nov 2013, 01:09 PM Reply Like
  • The liquid metal patents and garnet glass collaboration will surely provide endless possibilities to design and display.....
    10 Nov 2013, 01:40 PM Reply Like
  • Why don't they just put a phone in the mini-iPad retina? Great screen size and saves all the R&D for other sizes.
    10 Nov 2013, 02:13 PM Reply Like
  • Serene1, Apple does. For about $130 more, a customer gets LTE cell functionality in their iPad or mini iPad.


    So, Apple has been selling phablets all long as they have sold iPads. Even longer than Samsung or other competitors have.


    Blame PR on confusing everyone.
    10 Nov 2013, 05:43 PM Reply Like
  • I completely agree. The small ipad should have a phone. It is quite probable that it will become the most used just because of it being able to be put in a pocket (hands free) and no need for backpack etc.
    11 Nov 2013, 01:33 AM Reply Like
  • Good for a 2% pop in the share price tomorrow?


    Waiting for the China Mobile deal now...
    10 Nov 2013, 04:15 PM Reply Like
  • ..and Godot.
    10 Nov 2013, 04:29 PM Reply Like
  • Just saw a Samsung ad on TV, NFL game, the are now touting the extra $600 in Samsung and Google software with each Samsung unit ordered. So who was saying that the free software AAPL has begun offering hasn't made an impression on the market....? Think again naysayers. AAPL leads and Samsung sheep scramble to catch up. This has been and will continue to be a real marketing nightmare for Samsung as AAPL show's here how to innovate with new ideas!
    10 Nov 2013, 05:03 PM Reply Like
  • Demo iPad Air catches fire at Vodafone Australia store
    10 Nov 2013, 06:11 PM Reply Like
  • iPads may not be flying off the shelves in Australia but they're still pretty hot.
    10 Nov 2013, 10:48 PM Reply Like
  • lol..."curved screens are stupid", said apple fanboys...until curved screens came to the iPhone.
    10 Nov 2013, 06:38 PM Reply Like
  • Not to mention Cook talking down phablets until he decided to make one.
    10 Nov 2013, 08:34 PM Reply Like
  • Well, let's just say that Apple is 6 years too late in realizing that users want more options in form factor. If Apple can only realize that users also want more options on pricing, maybe they can stop their market share bleeding.
    10 Nov 2013, 11:03 PM Reply Like
  • King-My eye is on 3 numbers in regards to Apple. Market share, margins, and profits. All are key. Don't know how it'll shake it a year, or 5 years from now; but keeping an eye on all.
    12 Nov 2013, 10:28 PM Reply Like
  • what's the point of having a screen that curves down at the edges? We're talking a few millimeters along the edge. That's pointless
    10 Nov 2013, 11:37 PM Reply Like
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