Published: Thu, April 05, 2018
Industry | By Johnnie Johnson

Apple is working on new touchless controls for its displays

Apple is working on new touchless controls for its displays

According to a new report from Bloomberg, Apple could be working on new gestures for its iPhones.

The touchless gestures would allow an iPhone to detect the proximity of a finger to a phone and perform a gesture without actually tapping the screen.

The technology may not be ready for consumers for at least two years, if Apple chooses to go forward with it, the report screen said. But they won't look like the Samsung Galaxy S9 as Apple is thinking about a banana-shaped iPhone from top to bottom.

Although the OLED panel of the iPhone X curves at the bottom, that's mostly hidden from owners of the device - the objective is exclusively to make the bottom bezel as small as possible, by having the necessary screen drivers "under" it.

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The iPhone X brought a new era of design for Apple's smartphones.

Until now, every iPhone model released has featured a flat screen.

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.

Apple didn't respond to a request for comment Wednesday. It's also the first iPhone to feature an OLED display.

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Samsung now uses smartphone screens that curve, but its curved screens slope down at the edges, rather than from top to bottom. Apple is also working on a new type of MicroLED screen but this technology is even further away at three to five years.

Whether either of these features ever gets implemented into a single iPhone remains a mystery, so for now, all we can do is speculate.

Air Gestures, on the other hand, rely on a motion sensor in the phone's bezel.

Google is also working on technology using gestures through a program called Project Soli. However, Apple's plans are significantly different concepts.

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