Future iPhones to Feature Curved Displays, Touchless Controls

06 April, 2018, 04:08 | Author: Jacqueline Daniels

Apple is working on touchless gesture control and curved screens for future iPhones, projects that may help the company differentiate its most-important product in an increasingly crowded market, according to people with knowledge of the matter. Based on the iPhone report, it sounds like Apple is developing screens that could detect someone's finger, rather than the whole hand. The touchless control feature essentially works as it sounds - allowing you to perform tasks without actually touching the iPhone's display. However, there is no word on how these new gestures would be integrated into iOS software. The screen curvature is reported to bend inward gradually from top to bottom, unlike Samsung phones which curve on the screen's left and right edges.

The phone, which, according to Bloomberg, is expected to take at least two years to arrive, will feature a curved display. Last year, the company has introduced its brand-new design strategy with the iPhone X. The iPhone X's OLED display has a slight curve at the bottom, but it is negligible.

Apple's making curved iPhone screens that support air gestures
OLED displays are capable of being shaped into curves or even folded, unlike LCD screens, which were used in older iPhones . This means you'll be able to "hover" your finger above the display in order for certain tasks to be performed.

It's unclear whether this curved display would be an OLED panel (which are able to curve, and even roll up like with LG's concept TV from CES 2018) or whether Apple plans to make its rumoured MicroLED screens curve.

As stated, both features are in early stages of development and it will be a couple of years before they see the light of day.

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The iPhone, like many smartphones, has been criticised in recent years for not breaking new ground. The latest hardware functionality which Apple embedded in its new iPhone is the 3D Touch, which lets the device respond differently to varied pressure. This feature used a motion sensor on the phone's bezel instead of being built into the display. Apple as always has not made any comments on this issue, so we would have to wait to see if the report eventually turns out to be legit.

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