Apple is in development on a pair of larger iPhones at 4.7 and 5.5 inches. That in itself isn't news — rumors of iPhones larger than the current four inches have been in the mill for years — but the report also says that these devices will incorporate glass that curves at the edge, a potentially big break from Apple's present iPhone design language. The company is said to also be experimenting with touchscreens that can detect different levels of pressure, but the technology may not make it into this first batch of devices.
With screens of 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches, the two new models would be Apple’s largest iPhones and would approach in size the 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 3 that Samsung Electronics Co. debuted in September. The South Korean maker last month released its curved-screen Galaxy Round, the latest phone in an array of sizes and price points that’s helping keep Samsung ahead of Apple in global market share.
The new Apple handsets are still in development and plans haven’t been completed. The company probably would release them in the third quarter of next year.
Natalie Kerris, a spokeswoman for Cupertino, California-based Apple, declined to comment.