Apple to add touchless gesture control and curved display to future iPhones

Also in the works alongside the new displays, is a new gesture control feature.

Future generations of the iPhone could feature curved screens and touchless control features as Apple seeks to distinguish its flagship product in the smartphone market. Instead of putting the sensors in the bezel, the entire screen would act as a sensor to detect finger proximity and position.

The touchless system, according to the report, would be built into the display itself and allow iPhone users to control the device by moving their finger over the screen without actually making contact. However, there is no word on how these new gestures would be integrated into iOS software. The iPhone displays would curve inward gradually from top to bottom, one of the people familiar with the situation said. Apple introduced pressure-sensitive displays with the addition of 3D Touch following the release of the iPhone 6s and the Apple Watch, though few apps take advantage of the feature in a way that makes sense. It will release a second iPhone with that type of screen later this year; a larger model with a 6.5-inch screen, up from the 5.8-inch size in the current iPhone X. The company is also working on an update to the iPhone X's size and a new, lower-cost LCD model.

Apple's iPhone X has an OLED screen that curves slightly at the bottom but isn't detectable. Even Apple's new iPhone X, which introduced new facial recognition technology and a almost all-screen front, failed to universally impress reviewers.

In its report, Bloomberg notes that both features are only in an experimental phase and that they may not necessarily come to new iPhones.

Apple wants to make sure iPad users know how to work with two apps at once, and also how an Apple Pencil can mark up screenshots. Even if these get the green light, we can only expect iPhones from 2-3 years in the future to feature these. The said functionalities which have been missing from Apple devices, if implemented, will help the tech giant attract new customers and will provide them with an edge over their competitors.

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