Is Apple Developing Curved iPhone Screens?

The smartphone battle between Samsung and Apple may be taking on a curvy twist. According to news reports, the iPhone maker is working on schemes that include larger screens with curved glass and more.

Bloomberg broke the story, which reports Apple is working on the curved glass, as well as EUenhanced sensors that can detect different levels of pressure.EU The paper cited an unnamed person familiar with the plans as its source.

That person told Bloomberg there are two models planned that will hit the market during the second half of 2014. Both will reportedly offer larger displays with glass that curves downward at the edges. A separate innovation, sensors, could distinguish between heavy or light touches on the screen and may find a home in later models, Bloomberg reports.

Curved: So What?

In terms of curved glass, Samsung is already ahead of Apple. Samsung announced the Galaxy Round in October, marking it the worldEUs first curved-display smartphone. The device offers a 5.7-inch screen.

The curved design, Samsung said, makes it possible for users to leverage features like the EURoll Effect,EU which lets you check information like date, time, missed call and battery even when the home screen is off, and the EUGravity EffectEU for creating visual interaction with the screen by tilting the device.

Although itEUs new and different, Samsung was not widely celebrated for its innovation as many analysts are still waiting to see the flexible screens the company has promised. That, analysts said, would be head turning. So far, reports of AppleEUs anticipated curved screen is drawing similar reactions from some industry watchers.

Good for Gaming

We caught up with Roger Entner, a principal analyst at Recon Analytics, to get his take on the news. He told us curved glass, per se, is not ultra-innovative -- but the ability to distinguish between heavy and...

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