For a few years Apple kept a fixed release schedule of one smartphone a year. It worked just fine as users apparently got used to it. This year, however, the company made a surprising decision and released two new devices at once, the iPhone 5S and and its budget version iPhone 5C. And now, rumors suggest that this will be true also for the next year. According to “sources familiar with the plans”, Apple is working on two new iPhones that could be launched in the third quarter of 2014, possibly in September.
New curved iPhones with pressure sensors
The claims are that those new iPhones will bring much needed freshness to Apple’s portfolio of smartphones. It appears that one of the devices may finally cross the 5-inch mark and pop up under phablet label. To be more exact, the bigger of the two handset is expected to feature a 5.5-inch display, while the smaller one might pack a 4.7-inch screen. If true, it would be a huge upgrade from the current 4-inch screen. Moreover, what’s the most interesting, the displays are said to be curved in form.
Another innovation that Apple is allegedly planning to introduce is pressure sensors to the touch screens. The sensors would distinguish between soft and harder touches opening up a whole lot of possibilities for potential application of this feature.
This “third dimension” of navigation could be of special use to artists or other professionals who use drawing as a means of work. Apple has been trying to patent the technology for some time now and it seems that the big day is getting closer. Pressure-sensitive display will not be found in the 2014 models, though. For these we will have to wait a bit longer.