Apple reportedly mulling first curved OLED, gesture control iPhone

06 April, 2018, 04:08 | Author: Carmen Reese
  • Apple reportedly plans iPhones with curved screens and non-touch gesture controls

Apple is reportedly working on a couple of new features for future iPhones in order to differentiate its products from the growing competition.

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The new displays is a new gesture control feature. Flagship Samsung Galaxy S phones have had curved screen sides for years now, though the Bloomberg report indicates Apple's curved iPhone display would "curve inward gradually from top to bottom". What's more is that it takes into consideration the fingers proximity from the screen. Apple is known to be the trendsetter for new technologies in the market. 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. In the present, Apple is expected to bring some of the iPhone X's features to slightly affordable iPhone models this year. This would go along with a curved screen, a feature that has made leading manufacturers scratch their heads. Apple is also working on a new type of MicroLED screen, but this technology is even further away at three to five years.

Previously debuting pressure-sensitive displays called 3D touch, gesture-based touchless controls seems to be Apple's next innovation. Air Gestures were also implemented by Samsung years ago, where users could take selfies and perform other actions with just a wave of their hand. Google's ATAP research group has been working this sort of technology, too, through its Project Soli program. 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. Apple as always has not made any comments on this issue, so we would have to wait to see if the report eventually turns out to be legit. One of the current rumors is that Samsung is working on a foldable smartphone.

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