Apple iPhone Pursues Touchless Control & Curved Screens For Future Models

Nichole Vega
April 8, 2018

According to Bloomberg the Cupertino-based tech firm is working on touchless control and curved screen-featuring iPhone handsets.

Apple is now experimenting with touchless control and curved OLED displays for iPhones.

The gesture controls Apple is working on are also likely two years or more away, according to the report. The latest hardware functionality which Apple embedded in its new iPhone is the 3D Touch, which lets the device respond differently to varied pressure. Still in the early stages of development, microLED displays use tiny, individual LEDs to produce individual pixels in an image and are more energy-efficient, brighter, and longer-lasting than other display technologies. Specifically, a Bloomberg report from earlier in the week claims that Apple has been prototyping a curved iPhone model created to stand out in a smartphone market where devices are becoming harder and harder to tell apart. Apple touchless control for upcoming iPhones will help users to use their phone. But where the Galaxy S phones come with curved sides, the Bloomberg report notes that Apple's future iPhone display will "curve inward gradually from top to bottom". Although the new technology will not be used on the next generation of iPhones (which are rumored to drop this Fall), the company plans to implement the tech in the next few years. Even iPhone X's screen is slightly curved at the bottom, but it is nearly invisible to human eye. This would go along with a curved screen, a feature that has made leading manufacturers scratch their heads. Apple's design would require gestures to be closer to the screen than with Project Soli, the person familiar with the situation said.

It's no secret that Apple isn't the first to offer many innovations. If Apple wants any success with this, they motions need to be subtle and efficient, lest they create an army of wacky waving inflatable arm tube men trying to open up Safari.

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