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Report: Next iPhone Could Feature Curved Display

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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.

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    JD88 , November 12, 2013 5:40 PM
    If Apple does release a curved display, who wants to bet they will try to claim some sort of technological innovation?
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    DelightfulDucklings , November 12, 2013 4:52 PM
    I'm willing to bet money on the fact that this doesn't happen
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    andry0187 , November 12, 2013 5:24 PM
    everyone just add up what already on market : bigger phone, curved display, even the design looks like mac mouse
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    andystanley , November 12, 2013 5:34 PM
    The curved iPhone also doubles as a mouse.
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    JD88 , November 12, 2013 5:40 PM
    If Apple does release a curved display, who wants to bet they will try to claim some sort of technological innovation?
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    guvnaguy , November 12, 2013 5:53 PM
    I can see a screen size increase, but not curvature.

    If they did, however, I can guarantee it will be the next 'big innovation"

    wait a minute....
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    InvalidError , November 12, 2013 6:02 PM
    If I had a curved phone, I would be worried about cracking it by crushing it between two relatively flat surfaces. Unnecessary curvy devices annoy me since they do not stack or pack very well/safely/efficiently.
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    Devoteicon , November 12, 2013 6:03 PM
    Shut up and take my money!!
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    Cons29 , November 12, 2013 6:21 PM
    if it doubles as a mouse, it would be fun to put an expensive phone on its face and drag it around a surface.

    my take, the technology is here, they just need to think of creative ways to use it.
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    audiophillia , November 12, 2013 6:27 PM
    NOOOO. I have been using iPhones because of the smaller screens and powerful hardware. God I am getting tired of the huge phones seriously. I remember a time when we made fun of the iPad saying it was just a big ass iphone. Now look at use with 4.7 in phone everywhere.
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    JD88 , November 12, 2013 6:38 PM
    I'm not sure what advantages there are to a curved screen anyhow. If someone can think of something, please enlighten me.
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    Darkk , November 12, 2013 7:13 PM
    I do not like having hard buttons right on the screen which eats up screen real estate. So if they get rid of them and full the screen all the way to the bottom it can make the phone a little bit smaller.

    I look forward to the day when the screen is boarderless.
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    andry0187 , November 12, 2013 7:19 PM
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    I'm not sure what advantages there are to a curved screen anyhow. If someone can think of something, please enlighten me.


    Fo hype for sure.
    It's a curved phone. OMG!!!
    Me : What does it do?
    It's a curved phone.
    Me : Yah I Know, what does it do?
    It's a curved phone.
    Me : :no:  Never mind then.
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    kenyee , November 12, 2013 8:15 PM
    REPORT: next iphone will be made of unicorn horns! :-)
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    InvalidError , November 12, 2013 8:32 PM
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    REPORT: next iphone will be made of unicorn horns! :-)

    Nah, pegasus feathers - if the phone can fly, people won't need to carry it or worry about dropping it. No need to worry about the size and weight quite as much either!
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    guvnaguy , November 12, 2013 9:03 PM
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    NOOOO. I have been using iPhones because of the smaller screens and powerful hardware. God I am getting tired of the huge phones seriously. I remember a time when we made fun of the iPad saying it was just a big ass iphone. Now look at use with 4.7 in phone everywhere.


    There's a BIG (no pun intended) difference between a 5-inch phone and a 9.7-inch tablet.

    Some people like big screens, and some don't, but I think the overall preference is towards bigger, mainly because most people use two hands to operate their phone anyway, so being small enough to use with one hand isn't a necessity.
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    guvnaguy , November 12, 2013 9:08 PM
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    I'm not sure what advantages there are to a curved screen anyhow. If someone can think of something, please enlighten me.


    Supposedly it would conform to your face and/or pocket better. Also, it's sort of a technological stepping stone towards developing truly "flexible" phones

    And, according to this article, they have the potential to greatly reduce or eliminate screen reflection (especially outside)
    http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2013/10/why-samsungs-curved-smartphone-display-isnt-just-hype/
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    eddieroolz , November 12, 2013 10:56 PM
    I hope not. I don't see the value that curved displays add to the product.
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    monsta , November 12, 2013 11:02 PM
    Apple will claim it invented the curved display and sue Samsung like it did about a rectangular device with rounded corners
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    pacomac , November 12, 2013 11:36 PM
    I've been using a Note 3 (pants) and an HTC One for the last year because I got fed up with Apples smaller screens. That said I would move back in a flash if they produced something with a reasonable sized display. However, the curved phone idea is really putting me off! Why would I be happy to move back to iOS? Because I am a developer and I can develop much better apps on iOS as Android is crap for audio and midi. In general iOS has a much better standard of app which reflects the ease of which we can develop on this platform and how much better performance we get from it. For now I'm suffering Android, and over my animated wallpapers, widgets, and poor stutters/Mb of memory. A good experience is more than a phone full of gimmicks (Samsung).
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    ohim , November 13, 2013 12:01 AM
    Why do we need curved phones? I don`t get it? Besides being different from what we have today, why would i be interested in something that is so small and has a curved screen. I would understand it if it was a 27"+ screen ... so that it surrounds my vision, but from a small device like a phone ??? To me is as useless as putting ridiculous resolutions to 4" phone screens.
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