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With recent news of Apple's loss in German courts over their previously patented "Slide to Unlock" and the announcement of newly released Apple patent's featuring a curved wraparound display, with virtually no buttons; the speculation of what will eventually be coined the "iPhone 6" is heating up the market.
The patent appears to show Apple contemplating a curved screen to take advantage of the full width of the phone. The new design is consistent with previous iPhone trends that have been showily decreasing unused bezel space and allowing the iPhone to have the maximum functionality for its user.
One additional feature on the image associated to the patent was the lack of the traditional "home button". While it may be a feature that many Apple fans will enjoy, it also makes note of what may be the most dramatic physical change to the iPhone since its release. With a change to the display and the removal of commonly used buttons; Apple would most likely have a dramatic iOS update in the works.�
The dramatic changes/ feature additions that have recently appeared in the media may also be associated with the battle against Samsung (with the recently announced Samsung S4) and Facebook (with the newly announced Facebook Home). Thursday's announcement of Facebook Home, the "free app-like tool that takes over the home and lock screen for Android devices, providing a deeper integration between Facebook and Android" adds more support of a growing Android market quickly taking over the Apple powerhouse. �
The potential changes in physical features and an increase in competition may force investors take additional consideration in future Apple investments. A stock that is down almost 40% from last fall may force the biggest re-innovation that Apple has seen since the late 90's.
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