Apple iPhone Pursues Touchless Control & Curved Screens For Future Models

Alyssa Bailey
April 5, 2018

The word is that Apple is aiming for touchless gesture control and curved displays.

The phone, which, according to Bloomberg, is expected to take at least two years to arrive, will feature a curved display. It's the first iPhone from the company that doesn't feature a physical home button and has a display notch. A source has shared that the new iPhone displays curve inward gradually from top to bottom.

A new Bloomberg report from the often reliable Mark Gurman details two major changes that could be on the horizon for Apple's upcoming smartphone.

Gesture control may end up being akin to 3D Touch, Apple's way of using a display's pressure sensitivity to allow users to retrieve information and complete tasks on its devices.

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In the fourth quarter, Apple was responsible for about 20 percent of smartphone shipments following the launch of the iPhone X and iPhone 8, beating out second place Samsung and Huawei, according to IDC. The 10th anniversary iPhone's OLED display curves slightly at the bottom though it isn't that visible to the human eye. A recent report from DigiTimes said that the microLED panel could enter production this year or next. In an attempt to leave their competitors in the dust, Apple is working on new technology that will make iPhone's absolutely irresistible.

It's worth noting that Samsung came up with a similar technology several years ago. This is an interesting approach to take, since earlier takes on this idea by Samsung required a motion sensor to be installed in the bezel area. Apple's design would require gestures to be closer to the screen than with Project Soli, the person familiar with the situation said.

Apple did not immediately respond to PCMag's request for comment.

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