Apple's making curved iPhone screens that support air gestures

Apple's making curved iPhone screens that support air gestures

Apple's making curved iPhone screens that support air gestures

Apple is actively working on curved screens and touchless gesture controls for iPhones, according to a new Bloomberg report this morning. Samsung, which is Apple's competitor, curves its flagship Galaxy phones horizontally.

The features could help Apple differentiate itself in a crowded market where phones generally look the same. It is expected to be available to consumers in at least two years.

Apple made no further comments on these developments. Instead of putting the sensors in the bezel, the entire screen would act as a sensor to detect finger proximity and position.

According to a new report, the company is supposedly working on new hover gestures that would let users control their iPhones without touching the screen. The screen would gradually curve inward from top to bottom. Samsung has tried, but their smartphones are limited to a curve along the edges, except the curved smartphone launched in the past. Apple has been using flat displays since iPhone's first release in 2007. OLED screens can be curved or folded.

The company is also allegedly working to bring a touch-free interface to the iPhone that is said to allow users to navigate iOS just by gesturing with their hands above the phone. The Galaxy S4, for example, allowed you to swipe through photos, scroll pages and answer calles by simply swiping or waving in the air above the display. After all, Apple's said to be sourcing most of its OLED technology from the South Korean giant anyway.

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.

If you depend on your one iPhone or iPad to get through the day, you probably want to stay put on iOS 11.3 or whatever you're now running on your device. An additional 23 patent applications came from LuxVue Technology, a microLED company founded in 2009 that was acquired by Apple in 2014.

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