Is Apple following Samsung and LG's lead?
Samsung and LG already have phones with curved displays on the market; the latest rumors say Apple will follow suit next year. Bloomberg cites a source familiar with Apple's plans that says the company is working on new iPhone designs that include bigger screens with glass that curves down at the edges.
This new design will apparently be available in two sizes, a 4.7-inch version and a 5.5-inch version, though Bloomberg's source says the phones are still in development. The source also talked about sensors that can differentiate between varying levels of pressure on the screen.
Samsung unveiled its Galaxy Round smartphone with a curved display in early October. The device features a 5.7-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display that curves inwards from either side. Powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC (MSM 8974) clocked at 2.3 GHz and 3 GB of RAM, Samsung said last month that the device is more of a prototype for testing the waters than anything. However, with a competing device from LG (the G Flex) and the possibility of a curved iPhone on the horizon, we imagine it won't be long before Samsung starts work on a more serious effort.
LG's G Flex isn't out yet, but the device is headed to Europe in early 2014. The G Flex features a 6-inch curved plastic OLED display and curves top-to-bottom as opposed to side-to-side. It's based on a 2.26 GHz Snapdragon 800 and Adreno 330 graphics.