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Apple is developing touchless controls and curved screens for future iPhones

Apple is developing touchless controls and curved screens for future iPhones

Bloomberg reports that Apple is developing two new technologies for future iPhones which includes curved displays and touchless gesture control.

Touchless gestures are also apparently on their way to an iPhone near you, and they could be implemented in two years at the earliest.

You may have spotted curved edges on Samsung's smartphones, but they tend to curve down and away at the display's boundaries.

Gesture control would allow users to complete some tasks on the handset by moving their finger near the screen without actually touching it. Proximity of the finger to the screen would be the key, as the technology being developed is reportedly being built into the screen itself.

Apple did not immediately respond to PCMag's request for comment.

"Both features are still in the early research and development stage and Apple could choose to not go forward with the enhancements", Bloomberg notes.

Although the OLED panel of the iPhone X curves at the bottom, that's mostly hidden from owners of the device - the objective is exclusively to make the bottom bezel as small as possible, by having the necessary screen drivers "under" it. As the iPad Pro 2018 uses the Face ID, the tablet is expected to get the iPhone X-like notch on the top portion of the display, where the TrueDepth camera sensors are placed.

A new report from Bloomberg has just been released hinting at some radical changes to the iPhone design. To stay ahead, Apple needs compelling new features and designs.

The curved screens that Apple is working on are not similar to the ones that the company's South Korean rival, Samsung, has been using for its Galaxy-branded handsets. A few years ago, Samsung rolled out a concept for its phones called Air Gestures for touchless gesture control, and has already had favorable outcomes from utilizing curved screens. Google has its own take on the tech, secretly experimenting with it within an initiative called Project Soli.

For what it's worth, Apple (and other companies) work on technology like this all the time, though not everything makes it to the consumer. The upcoming OLED iPhone is said to have a larger 6.5-inch display than the 5.8-inch iPhone X.


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