Rumours of curved iPhone 6 screen
The tech giant has thus far declined to confirm that a curved screen iPhone has gone in to production following a report from Bloomberg.
The news company revealed the planned release yesterday stating:
'Two models planned for release in the second half of next year would feature larger displays with glass that curves downward at the edges, said the person, declining to be identified because the details aren't public.'
The two new models are rumoured to feature 4.7in and 5.5in screens, making them the largest smartphones to come from the company which will close in on the screen size of Samsung's Galaxy Note 3, which boasts a 5.7in screen.
Samsung vs. Apple
Although Apple has stated that the required pressure technology is unlikely to be ready for the next iPhone release, this latest development could cause some issues for the organisation with long-term rivals Samsung. The two tech giants are currently fighting patent battles with one another in 10 courts around the world, as today it was revealed that the two companies were returning to court to dispute a settlement awarded to Apple worth $1bn (£626m).
In August 2012 Samsung was found guilty of infringing six Apple patents, but in March 2013 a judge re-examined the case deeming the settlement too large and would require a new trial. Apple had argued that the South Korean tech company had imitated the designs of the original iPhone and iPad, as well as elements of the user interface.
In a recent statement to the BBC, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said:
"There are good things I see on Samsung phones that I wish were in my iPhone; I wish Apple would use them, and could use them, and I don't know if Samsung would stop us.
"I wish everybody just did a lot of cross-licensing and sharing the good technology; all our products would be better, we'd go further.
I do kind of wish they were more compatible."
Curving the future
The 5.7in Samsung Galaxy Round with curved glass display has yet to be made available to the Western market, but the release of the phone is a clear statement that the technology is accessible to manufacturers.
The potential for success with curved screen smartphones in the Western market has yet to be seen, while Apple are not commenting on their intention to expand into this area. In April, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook dismissed rumours that the iPhone 5S would have a larger screen than its predecessors; "My view continues to be that iPhone 5 has the absolute best display in the industry."
Adrian Mursec, senior developer at theEword stated: "I can't imagine this latest rumour doing the ongoing patent battle between the two any good, but hopefully they will be striving to make the technological advances that are vital to the industry. There is a lot of cynicism surrounding the Samsung Galaxy Round, but until it is made available in the UK and the US we will be unable to assess its potential for success in the future of smartphones."