Will iPhone 6 be a curved phablet? Some say so (to compete with Samsung)

iPhone 6 release date

And we're even told the iPhone 6 release date.

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is rumored to be testing new iPhones with large, curved screens. It's unusual to be reading rumors of the next iPhone so soon, but this one seems to come from a credible organ -- Bloomberg. Mind you, it's only sourced from one person, so you do the math.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers ponder the 5.5-inch iPhablet.

Your humble blogwatcher curated these bloggy bits for your entertainment.

Tim "mea" Culpan and Adam "tur" Satariano found "a person familiar with the plans":

Two models planned for release in the second half of next year [will] feature larger displays with glass that curves downward at the edges. [They] would approach in size the 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 3 [which is] helping keep Samsung ahead of Apple in global market share.

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The person said...that 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. ... Revenue growth for the current quarter, Apple’s traditional holiday sales period, may be the slowest since 2008.  MORE

Ina "chicken" Fried stakes her claim: [You're fired -Ed.]

Apple is experimenting with some radically new looks. ... LG and Samsung have both announced curved-screen smartphones of their own, with the LG Flex and Galaxy Round.

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Apple...is also working on new pressure-sensing technology that could distinguish between heavy and light touches, though that may take beyond next year to bring to market.  MORE

Darrell Etherington sounds cautiously excited:

We’ve seen reports of Apple working on different models of large-screen devices in the past...suggest[ing] it’s been working on different tests of devices with screen sizes between 4.8 and 6 inches. This is the first time we’ve really heard firm information about a possible release date...from a source [that's] generally reliable.

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But two new larger-screened devices at once does seem like a stretch...but the source gives it some weight. ... Joining the ranks of bigger-screened devices definitely makes sense.  MORE

Neil Hughes triangulates, but casts some doubt:

[The] report aligns with earlier rumors, which suggest Apple is indeed planning to release an iPhone with a larger display in 2014.  

However, well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities said...he expects Apple to release a handset with a screen sized between 4.5 and 5 inches — not as big. [He says] the company is unlikely to use...screen sizes larger than 5 inches due to its "unwavering principle of one-hand use."  MORE

Meanwhile, Chris Ziegler is more excited about the other half of the rumor:

Pressure sensitivity is the smartphone technology...that is actually a big deal. I can think of dozens of uses for it.  MORE

But rumors make Mark Gurman a sad panda:

My 5s already feels old.  MORE

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