Apple is Working on Future iPhones With Curved Screens, Touchless Gesture Control

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Apple is Working on Future iPhones With Curved Screens, Touchless Gesture Control

Touchless gesture control would allow end users to hover their finger over the display and still be able to interact with onscreen options. It isn't clear yet why Apple is developing this technology at this point, but the source said that it would take at least two years to complete. Of course, they've never done an inverted curved screen before, but considering Apple's doing it, they may follow suit. Co-Founder Steve Jobs popularized the mouse in the early 1980s.

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

The innovative tech is thought to be advanced enough to sense your finger's proximity to the iPhone screen.

According to Bloomberg, these displays will gradually curve inward from top to bottom, where as every iPhone model in the past, with the exception of the iPhone X, have used flat displays.

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The tech is also different to Apple's existing FaceID camera sensors, which use facial recognition to unlock your iPhone X. In fact, many were surprised that these two features didn't make the final release - especially considering they were a staple of a number of betas leading up to the final release. Judging by the description of the display, the phone is likely to have a rather large screen and an OLED panel, given that only OLEDs can curve easily. Apple is also working on a new type of MicroLED screen but this technology is even further away at three to five years.

The work comes as the Cupertino, California-based smartphone pioneer looks to make its gadgets stand out. Potentially, this might be meant to serve a similar objective as the 3D Touch feature that Apple has been including in iPhones since 2015. Samsung is already working on a foldable smartphone, while Huawei is seeing increased success in Asia. Google's ATAP research group has been working this sort of technology, too, through its Project Soli program.

Air Gestures, on the other hand, rely on a motion sensor in the phone's bezel.

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