Next generation iPhones could allow touchless user input

Next generation iPhones could allow touchless user input

Next generation iPhones could allow touchless user input

According to Bloomberg, Apple is working on touchless screen interaction and curved screens for future models.

Instead of curving outwards towards the edges of the phone, Apple is considering displays that have a concave curvature that slowly dips towards the center from the top and bottom. According to a new report, Apple is now working on curved iPhone displays which may arrive in a couple of years. Rather than having motion sensors in the bezel, Bloomberg says that the display itself will act as a sensor and your hands will have to be much closer to the screen to register and use touchless gestures. Apple's latest iPhones have a feature called 3D Touch that responds differently depending on different finger pressures. The iPhone X's OLED screen curves slightly at the bottom, but the shape is mostly invisible to the human eye. Both the new gesture control and display technologies are still in the early research and development phases, so Apple could ultimately decide not to include them in future devices.

Apple knows the smartphone market is becoming more crowded and homogenous, and the company wants to make its iPhones stand out. Apple is also working on new screen technology, known as MicroLED, but that's at least three to five years away, Bloomberg News reported last month. Potentially, this might be meant to serve a similar objective as the 3D Touch feature that Apple has been including in iPhones since 2015.

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The feature shares similarities with the Air Gestures capability that Samsung Electronics Co. Also in the works alongside the new displays is a new gesture control feature.

Technology changes faster than most of us can keep up.

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