While Samsung firmly believes that one size doesn’t fit all, covering all bases with what feels like a brand new phone or tablet every few days, Apple has stuck to its proverbial guns over the years – encompassing just four iOS display sizes.
But next year, we’re told to brace for two new iPhone models, at 4.7in and 5.5in. Furthermore, the displays will be curved “downward at the edges”. And looking even further into the future, we should expect enhanced pressure sensors. Phew.
Credit goes to Bloomberg, which in turn credits an anonymous “person familiar with the plans”. Needless to say, Apple declined to comment.
The source stresses that the plans haven’t yet been finalised, but the curved 4.7in and 5.5in iPhones would likely become a reality in Q3 2014.
Those sizes immediately bring to mind Samsung’s 2012 arsenal, which was comprised of the 4.8in Samsung Galaxy S3 and 5.5in Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Inevitably Samsung fans will suggest that Apple is playing catch-up, while Apple diehards will point out that the iPhone is still the biggest selling individual phone. An inane dispute, in any case.
Tim Cook maintains that larger phones come “with a lot trade-offs”, but it’s largely accepted that Apple will move into phablet territory eventually, with the Galaxy Note series in particular proving hugely popular and shifting millions of units.
Today’s Android flagships generally sit around the 5in mark (Samsung Galaxy S4, Sony Xperia Z1), but Apple has only recently crept from 3.5in to 4in.
The same chap says that Apple is toying with enhanced pressure sensors, capable of distinguishing between light and heavy touches, for adoption in future iPhones.