APPLE is to introduce larger iPhones with curved screens that will be available in 2014, according to a new report.
The new Apple 'phablets' – so-called as their size suggest they are half-phone, half tablet – would be 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches in size, matching Samsung's Galaxy smartphone models. Currently, Apple's iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C have 4-inch screens.
The new phones will feature screens with glass that curves toward the edges and are expected next autumn, according to a report in Bloomberg.
The updated iPhones will also feature pressure sensors in the screens that can differentiate between light and heavy touches, according to the report.
Despite seeing its iPhone sales rise 20pc year on year, Apple is losing potential business from segments of the market who want larger screens, according to analysts.
The company has cut production of its recently-introduced iPhone 5C model due to limited demand.
Sales of the company's high-end iPhone 5S model have been brisk, however, with most Irish stores reporting supply difficulties due to strong demand.
Apple recently updated its iPad range of tablets with a high-resolution screen for the iPad mini and a lighter body for the full-sized iPad Air.