Apple is experimenting with touchless gestures and curved screen iPhones

Apple is experimenting with touchless gestures and curved screen iPhones

The company is said to be working on these new projects in hopes of making its smartphones stand out in a sea of competition.

Bloomberg reports that Apple is developing two new technologies for future iPhones which includes curved displays and touchless gesture control.

While Apple hasn't introduced touchless gestures in the past, companies like Samsung and Motorola have. Much like Samsung's curved edge displays, Apple is said to be working on OLED panels that are capable of being curved at certain points but, unlike Samsung's, Apple's alternative is expected to curve from top to bottom. To note, the current generation of the iPad Pro already has trimmed down bezels on the sides, but the upcoming 2018 model will have the top and bottom bezels further reduced. The only one that has a slight curvature is the iPhone X.

OLED, or organic light emitting diode, displays can be shaped into curves or even folded, unlike the less-flexible LCD screen technology used in prior iPhones. As a result, the Apple rumor mill has been working overtime lately. However, it's highly likely that the company's work on MicroLED is still in the early stages and it would take years before it is completed. Of course, they've never done an inverted curved screen before, but considering Apple's doing it, they may follow suit.

The report specifically cites that Apple is testing an iPhone display capable of detecting gestures from finger movements without actually touching the display. It's like hovering a finger over the display to control it. That technology is also at least two years off, Bloomberg says. Air Gestures were also implemented by Samsung years ago, where users could take selfies and perform other actions with just a wave of their hand. Apple's implementation does not require a motion sensor though.

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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