Apple working on iPhones with touchless control, curved screen

Apple working on iPhones with touchless control, curved screen

Lindsey Duncan
April 5, 2018

In terms of the display itself, the report says Apple's interpretation will curve in slightly at the top and bottom of the screen.

According to Bloomberg, the new technology wouldn't arrive for another two years at least, and Apple has yet to determine whether or not it'll move forward with the ideas. Both the new gesture control and display technologies are still in the early research and development phases, so Apple could ultimately decide not to include them in future devices.

In the fourth quarter, Apple was responsible for about 20 percent of smartphone shipments following the launch of the iPhone X and iPhone 8, beating out second place Samsung and Huawei, according to IDC. It is rumored to be working on iPhones with curved screens and controls that work with just the wag of a finger. After all, Apple's said to be sourcing most of its OLED technology from the South Korean giant anyway. However, Samsung's feature used a motion sensor on the phone's bezel rather than technology built into the display panel.

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An Apple spokesperson has declined to comment on the leaked information regarding Apple's two new projects. This feature won't be ready for this year's new iPhones.

Samsung's Air Gestures tool allowed people to pick up calls and flip through web pages by waving their hands on top of the device.

While we're still getting the hang of Apple's new gesture interface on the iPhone X, Apple is apparently working on an entirely new kind of phone with a touchless gesture-based input. The gestures wouldn't need to be close to the screen like how Apple is developing its gesture feature. However, Apple's plans are significantly different concepts. It's like hovering a finger over the display to control it.