Apple exploring curved screens and 'touchless' gestures for future iPhones

Yes, it does seem like a wild concept that may never see a light of the day. But maybe it will.

  • Published: April 5, 2018 9:28 AM IST

Apple likes to explore new possibilities with its iPhones, and if the latest reports are true, the Cupertino giant might be looking at some standout features for future iPhones. After Samsung, Apple could potentially use curved screens in its iPhones. A new Bloomberg report also hints that Apple is working on new ‘touchless’ gesture controls on iOS.

The new gesture technology will take into account the proximity of a finger to the screen. During the initial testing, these touchless gesture controls would allow iPhone users to complete “some tasks” without having to tap on the screen, the report states. However, there is no word on how these new gestures would be integrated into iOS software.

The report also states that Apple is testing screens that gradually curve from top to bottom. While Samsung displays on flagship Galaxy smartphones curve horizontally, a curve from top to bottom could help Apple differentiate itself from the competition.

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That said, the new gesture control system and the curved screen technology is at least two years away from now. There is also no word on whether Apple will actually bring these capabilities into the market. 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.

The report is in line with KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who in his report mentioned that Apple will be releasing three iPhone models this year. All these models will include edge-to-edge displays and a notch, just like the iPhone X, Kuo mentioned in his report. He further added that out of the three models, one will sport a 5.8-inch display whereas the other will flaunt a 6.5-inch display.

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  • Published Date: April 5, 2018 9:28 AM IST