Future iPhones could boast curved displays and touch-free controls

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Apple is exploring new ways to make future iPhones stand out.
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Apple is exploring touchless gestures control and curved screens for possible future iPhones, a new report claims.

Although the two technologies won’t be ready for market for at least two years, they could offer Apple new ways to differentiate its products from those made by rivals.

The next generation of touch controls

The touchless control feature would be a bit like the Air Gestures feature Samsung introduced several years back. This allows users to accept calls and navigate through web pages by waving their hands across the screen.

In much the same way, Apple’s proposed control feature will reportedly lets iPhone users perform tasks by moving their fingers near to the screen, without physically touching it. According to Bloomberg, Apple’s implementation is able to sense the proximity of a finger to the display. This is accomplished using technology built into the display itself, as opposed a motion sensor on the phone’s bezel, as with Samsung’s implementation.

Staying ahead of the curve

The other new technology is for a curved display more noticeable than the slight curve seen on the iPhone X’s OLED screen. Unlike Samsung’s curved handsets, which curve down at the edges, Apple’s approach reportedly curves “inward gradually from top to bottom.”

Both features are still in the early stages of their development, and Apple could still decide not to take the two concepts further. At present, Apple is also rumored to be developing MicroLED displays that will allow it make its devices even thinner.

Source: Bloomberg