Future iPhones to boast touch-less gesture controls and curved screens?

Kelley Robertson
April 5, 2018

Apple is also looking at ways that could let iPhone users interact with their phones without touching them, the Bloomberg report also notes. iPhone users could potentially make gestures above their phones near the display for certain controls.

As Apple readies its next batch of iPhones and consumers are feeling less need to upgrade since the latest generation lacks significant new features, an insider has shared that two new additions could make an appearance within the next several years. The new gesture technology would take into account the proximity of a finger to the screen, the person said. The iPhone X's OLED screen curves slightly at the bottom, but the shape is hard to detect.

Although curved displays and touchless input may still be years away, greater use of OLED displays is expected this year. Apple is still in the early development stages with those technologies. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment. Back when including everything but the kitchen sink in phones was a thing, Samsung allowed users to control their Galaxy S devices by doing things like waving their hand over the display to scroll.

The iPhones that Apple Inc. will bring to market in the next few years may be much different than today's models. To stay ahead, Apple needs compelling new features and designs.

The feature shares similarities with the Air Gestures capability that Samsung Electronics Co. Google has its own take on the tech, secretly experimenting with it within an initiative called Project Soli. This is more or less the same time frame the tipsters provided for the other new technology that they said Apple is developing: a curved screen. The upcoming OLED iPhone is said to have a larger 6.5-inch display than the 5.8-inch iPhone X.

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