Published: Thu, April 05, 2018
Sci-tech | By Eric Barnett

Apple's making curved iPhone screens that support air gestures

Apple's making curved iPhone screens that support air gestures

If you didn't think the iPhone X was a substantial enough shift in terms of design, it looks like Apple has a more significant revamp in store.

Citing people with knowledge of the matter, a report in Bloomberg states that Apple is working on touchless gesture control and curved screens for future iPhones.

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. Apple's latest iPhones have a feature called 3D Touch that responds differently depending on different finger pressures. This would involve a screen where the actual middle of the display is lower than the top and bottom edges, resembling LG's Flex smartphone to an extent. Judging by the description of the display, the phone is likely to have a rather large screen and an OLED panel, given that only OLEDs can curve easily.

Samsung now uses smartphone screens that curve, but its curved screens slope down at the edges, rather than from top to bottom. Apple is still in the early development stages with those technologies.

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The work comes as the Cupertino, California-based smartphone pioneer looks to make its gadgets stand out.

While Apple hasn't introduced touchless gestures in the past, companies like Samsung and Motorola have.

And finally, Apple's exploring a technology that's similar to Samsung's Air Gestures, which lets users do things like flip through web pages by waving their hand. This feature used a motion sensor on the phone's bezel instead of being built into the display. Google's ATAP research group has been working this sort of technology, too, through its Project Soli program. The gestures wouldn't need to be close to the screen like how Apple is developing its gesture feature.

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