Apple could be considering iPhone 'hover gestures' and curved displays

Leigh Mccormick
April 5, 2018

According to a Bloomberg report, Apple is experimenting with two new features that could make it into future iPhone models: touchless gesture controls and curved screens.

The company's logo is seen outside Austria's first Apple store, which opens on February 24, during a media preview in Vienna, Austria, February 22, 2018. The curved iPhone display has been a rumor for a while now as its been in development but, now it is expected to be around two or three years away from implementation.

Apple didn't respond to a request for comment Wednesday. To stay ahead, Apple needs compelling new features and designs. Reports now suggest Apple is developing a model with a curved screen design.

While Apple hasn't introduced touchless gestures in the past, companies like Samsung and Motorola have.

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As for what touchless gestures are, the feature would let users perform tasks by moving their fingers without having to actually tap the screen. Samsung is already working on a foldable smartphone, while Huawei is seeing increased success in Asia. Google's ATAP research group has been working on similar technology through a program known as Project Soli. Also in the works alongside the new displays is a new gesture control feature.

But Apple's feature will reportedly be baked into the iPhone's screen rather than through a separate sensor or via a motion sensor in the phone's border.

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. 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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