Apple could be considering iPhone 'hover gestures' and curved displays

Kelley Robertson
April 8, 2018

U.S. tech giant Apple is reportedly working on OLED curved display and air touch controls (gesture control) for upcoming iPhones, signalling a shift in its design control for future.

The second experimental feature in Bloomberg's report relates to Apple designing iPhones with a display that curves inwards in the middle.

The new displays is a new gesture control feature. Since both the features are still in the early research and development stage, there are chances that Apple could still decide not to go forward with the improvements. Years back, Samsung came up with a similar feature called Air Gesture in its top-end smartphones. In the year 2020 Apple is purportedly planning to launch an iPhone that can fold, as per Bank of America's analysts; Merill Lynch (through CNBC), alluding to various suppliers of Apple as sources.

The gesture control tech Apple is apparently envisioning would let users perform tasks by moving their finger close to the iPhone's screen, but not touching it.


Apple's 3D Touch works by detecting the different amounts of pressure applied by the user.

Instead of curving outwards towards the edges of the phone, Apple is considering displays that have a concave curvature that slowly dips towards the center from the top and bottom. For those unaware, the OLED screen of the iPhone X also bends inward from the bottom but is not visible to the human eye. This is not the first time someone has worked on curved screens and touchless controls. The feature would be based on technology built into the display itself rather than via a motion sensor on the phone's bezel, like with Samsung's implementation, the person explained. It is however said to enable brighter yet thinner and less power-hungry displays, which would explain things like Apple's LuxVue takeover in 2014 and the establishment of a secret facility for the technology just 15 minutes from Apple Park in Cupertino.

Although curved displays and touchless input may still be years away, greater use of OLED displays is expected this year. Unlike Android's, mostly rudimentary face unlock - a glorified picture match - Apple crammed an IR blaster that made the shape and nuances of your face the unlock button.

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