Someone with inside information about Apple’s future plans is claiming the company is experimenting with curved displays and improved sensors as part of new iPhone designs.

As first reported by Bloomberg, two new variants of the iPhone are slated for release in 2014, sporting screen sizes of 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches. The screens would arc downward at the edges (perhaps in an effort to accommodate one-handed operations for such big displays), while the new sensors are designed to differentiate heavy touches from light ones. The latter technology, however, is said to be not ready for the next iPhone release and will be implemented on a later model instead.

It won’t come as a surprise that Apple has stayed mum on the matter. On the other hand, the world saw the company breaking tradition by releasing two new iPhones this year instead of just one. It’s a safe bet that Apple is dabbling with innovation to compete against Android leader Samsung.

If Apple truly is working with curved displays, then the already-announced LG G Flex and Samsung Galaxy Round aren’t part of a fad after all. We may be seeing here a new smartphone category that will turn out to be immensely popular a la the rise of the phablets.

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