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Next year marks the 10th anniversary of the smartphone.

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Report: Apple could launch curved iPhone next year

Brett Molina , USA TODAY 10:10 a.m. EST November 28, 2016

The new Apple iPhone 7 does not include a headphone jack.(Photo: Richard Vogel, AP)

Next year will likely be a big one for the iPhone. It's the 10th anniversary of the smartphone introducing the touchscreen era, so Apple should have surprises in store.

One of those could be a curved touchscreen. According to The Wall Street Journal, the curved screen is among several prototypes Apple requested from suppliers for the next iPhone. Apple could unveil an iPhone with curved screen as soon as next year.

The report says Apple could ditch the curved screen because it's among several prototypes being considered for the next iPhone.

The curved smartphone screen is nothing new. Samsung added the feature through the Galaxy S7 Edge, where a portion of the screen bends over the side of the device. Other smartphone makers including LG also boast devices with a curved display.

Last quarter, Apple reported its first annual decline in sales in more than a decade as shipments of its flagship product continued to fall. In September, Apple launched the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus. The company said it would not release opening weekend numbers for the device's launch, unlike previous years.

According to 9to5Mac, KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said earlier this month shipments of the iPhone had peaked for the year and suppliers will see a drop in orders.

Enter next year's iPhone, which could help Apple spark a rebound because of the 10th anniversary. Last month, Nikkei Asian Review reported Apple will launch three iPhone models next year, all with glass backs instead of aluminum.

Follow Brett Molina on Twitter: @brettmolina23.

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