Curved Screens: The Next Big Thing in iPhones?

November 21, 2013 - 2 minutes read

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According to multiple reports, Apple Inc. is currently in the developmental stages on a curved screen technology that could appear as early as next year. Sources report that Apple is testing the technology for use on two different upcoming iPhone models, one or both of which could be available by the fall of 2014.

In addition to curved screens, which increase the device’s viewable screen area without altering its length, width, or weight, Apple is also rumored to be investing heavily in improving its touchscreen functions. The new touchscreen sensors are reported to leverage “true pressure sensitivity” technologies, which would greatly improve the iPhone’s drawing, handwriting and photo editing capabilities. We can look forward to seeing what new opportunities may arise across the industry as a whole, and particularly for those that may also be in the iPhone or the iPad app developer space.

The reports suggest that Apple is planning to roll out the new technologies on two separate devices in the third quarter of 2013. One is said to be a 4.7-inch iPhone 6, while the other will be an as-yet-unnamed larger model with a 5.5-inch screen. In 2013, Apple released two new iPhone models in the same calendar year for the first time, setting a new precedent.

While such rumors have surfaced time and again on the Internet, the latest round of speculation was published in Bloomberg, widely regarded as one of the most reliable business publications in the industry. Commentators have also noted that moving into the large-screen market is the next logical step for the iPhone, which is Apple’s signature product and one of the world’s best-selling smartphones.

iPhone app developers in New York City can stay ahead of the curve by anticipating ways in which curved screens and increased touchscreen sensitivity will change the ways users interact with their mobile devices. In particular, improvements to the touchscreen hold great potential for the future of app development, as this technology will usher in a whole new era of device capabilities.

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