Published: Fri, April 06, 2018
Research | By Derrick Holloway

Apple working on touchless gestures, curved screens for future iPhones

Well, rumor has it Apple is working towards curved panels with touch-free gesture controls to differentiate the iPhone from other premium smartphones on the market. It is said that these new technologies are still in the development phase and will take roughly two years before we start seeing them in Apple devices.

As explained in the report, the touchless control seems to be similar to 3D gestures that you can perform by hovering your fingers slightly above the screen.

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Interestingly, Apple is also working on displays that gradually curve inward from top and bottom.

Cupertino last week released iOS 11.3 for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, promising the usual bug fixes and performance improvements, as well as a handful of new features. The technology would have a sensing capability that would identify when the user's fingers were close to the screen. The first is support for touchless control, which the sources who leaked the project said will let consumers carry out some tasks by performing gestures above the screen without touching it. The advantage of such a display would presumably be to make it less prone to scratches, with the main bulk of the display sitting away from the top and bottom edges. So far, every iPhone model has used a flat display. In order to install a curved display, OLED or MicroLED technology is required. We're not talking about the distant future here, but rather a few years from now. However, Bloomberg reports that the OLED display on the iPhone X will be extended to a larger 6.5-inch iPhone model, which will likely be announced this year. A curved iPhone may be as little as two to three years away, the person said.

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Apple has been working on their ARM-based processors now available inside iOS devices, the Apple Watch, and the Apple TV.

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