Apple Could Launch An iPhone With "Touchless" Gestures And Curved Screen

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People embraced it wholly and Apple's latest flagship became the "world's top-selling smartphone" in Q4 2017 following its launch. There is a new phone being released every month it seems like, and Apple feels the need to step their game up to compete. Today a new report comes from Bloomberg that suggests that Apple is developing two new pieces of technology for future iPhone models. However, it's unclear how the new gestures would be implemented into iOS software.

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. Unlike Samsung Galaxy S9's display, the display on iPhones will be curving inwards gradually from top to the bottom of the front of the phone. If you can recall, Samsung launched Air View for Galaxy devices that allows users to a take peek at the content in apps and do other things. Google's ATAP research group has been working this sort of technology, too, through its Project Soli program.

Bloomberg also notes Apple is working to curve the iPhone's display. For those unaware, the OLED screen of the iPhone X also bends inward from the bottom but is not visible to the human eye. 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. The OLED screen in iPhone X is from Samsung but Apple has expanded its sourcing to LG for displays. Apple is also working on a new type of MicroLED screen, but this technology is even further away at three to five years.

As stated, both features are in early stages of development and it will be a couple of years before they see the light of day.

In the meantime, if your phone still needs a battery replacement, you can take advantage of Apple's time sensitive offer of switching out your device's battery for $29.

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