Next iPhone May Have Touchless Gesture Controls and Curved Screens

Apple working on'touchless control curved iPhone screen

Apple Inc is working on touchless gesture control and curved screens for future iPhones, Bloomberg reported, citing people with knowledge of the matter. But they won't look like the Samsung Galaxy S9 as Apple is thinking about a banana-shaped iPhone from top to bottom. 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. A curved iPhone could be as little as two to three years away, according to a source.

According to the report, the gesture technology would be able to determine the distance of the finger from the handset, presumably using depth sensing tech akin to that's used in Face ID. Both are said to be in the early stages of research and development which suggests that they may not arrive for at least a couple of years. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment. The only one that has a slight curvature is the iPhone X.

Apple has a number of new features in the pipeline for its upcoming iPhones. Samsung is already working on a foldable smartphone, while Huawei is seeing increased success in Asia.




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

Google's Project Soli also boasts similar tech, this time integrating a sensor and antenna into a micro-chip that uses radar to detect touchless motions.

Outside of the expectation of these new features, we should also expect the new Schoolwork app for students and a ClassKit API to allow developers to make third-party applications to better support Apple's efforts to become a staple in the classroom. It's also the first iPhone to feature an OLED display.

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