Published: Thu, April 05, 2018
Sci-tech | By Jackie Newman

Apple seems to be exploring curved iPhone screens and 'touchless' gestures

Apple seems to be exploring curved iPhone screens and 'touchless' gestures

While we're still getting the hang of Apple's new gesture interface on the iPhone X, Apple is apparently working on an entirely new kind of phone with a touchless gesture-based input.

According to Bloomberg, the new technology wouldn't arrive for another two years at least, and Apple has yet to determine whether or not it'll move forward with the ideas. On the contrary, Samsung's smartphone displays curve down at the edges.

Bloomberg reported that Apple is still figuring out how iPhone users can control some tasks by moving a finger near the screen. Apple's latest iPhones have a feature called 3D Touch that responds differently depending on different finger pressures. A curved iPhone may be as little as two to three years away, the person said. The iPhone X's OLED screen curves slightly at the bottom, but the shape is mostly invisible to the human eye. 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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We're expecting Apple to announce and release its new handsets in September this year. 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.

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. What makes Apple's approach to the technology different is the fact that the tech giant would rely on sensitivity built into the display, rather than an external camera.

That means users will have to keep their gestures close to the display for it to work. In the meantime, Apple will evolve the technologies it delivered first in the iPhone X, and it will offer more display size and pricing options too.

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