And so begins the curved revolution — if we're not already there.
According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple is allegedly working on new iPhone designs that include smartphones featuring curved screens, bigger screens, and screens that can detect the specific amount of pressure you're applying to them – giving users more specificity over how their iPhones respond to their light taps, medium presses, and more forceful jabs.
Since it wouldn't be an Apple rumour without a suggested timeline, the undisclosed source speaking to Bloomberg suggests that Apple's new iPhone with the curved screen – curving "downward at the edges," describes said source – will likely come in the form of two different smartphones to be released in the second half of 2014.
If you've been paying attention to Apple at all over the past few years, that just about fits the same, familiar timeline of the iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, and iPhone 5S/5C announcements. Perhaps Apple fans can expect to see a curved iPhone announcement in September of 2014?
Additionally, hints the source, the rumoured curved iPhones would allegedly feature screen sizes bigger than Apple's ever made them previously for its iPhones: 4.7in and 5.5in. That's quite a bit bigger than what you'd find on Apple's current flagship device, the 4in iPhone 5S, and is a larger leap than what Apple took between its previous top-of-the-line device, the 3.5in iPhone 5, and its latest iPhone 5S and 5C smartphones.
To put the size of the phone in bit more perspective, the bigger, curved iPhone would clock in just a wee bit under the 5.7in screen size of Samsung's somewhat-massive Galaxy Note 3. Two more inches and a bit, and you'd have an iPad Mini (at 7.9in).
As for the rumoured pressure-sensing technology, it's likely that it would début somewhere down the line in Apple's iPhone timeline. Curved displays are ready for the bigtime, as evidenced by the recent débuts of Samsung's 5.7in Galaxy Round smartphone and LG's 6in G Flex device. Pressure-sensing is seemingly going to take a bit more work, claims Bloomberg's source, and it's not likely to début at the same time as Apple's (rumoured) new curved smartphones.
Of course, this being Apple, these are but a few predictions in the hat of guesstimates that'll only grow larger with time. As reported by TechCrunch, a few rumours have pointed to the release of a "larger" iPhone around the same time period next year, with two analysts even going so far as to call out a 4.7in iPhone 6 arriving in late 2014.