Apple rumoured to be exploring "Touchless" gestures and curved iPhone screens

But we'll keep at it, with the latest rumours suggesting future iPhones could come with curved displays and touchless gesture controls, courtesy of a report from Bloomberg.

Apple is now experimenting with touchless control and curved OLED displays for iPhones.

Apple's curved screen design is rumoured to take a different approach to Samsung's with a curve that extends from top to bottom instead of at the edges.

As stated, both features are in early stages of development and it will be a couple of years before they see the light of day. Air Gestures have been around since the launch of the Galaxy S4. So some finger movements close to the screen will be enough to perform actions, but the technology for it will not be ready for at least two years, the report notes.

MicroLED may eventually make it to bigger devices such as iPhones, but even OLED is just now making it into Apple devices with the $999 iPhone X, since it delivers a serious hit to profit margins.

Apple didn't respond to a request for comment Wednesday. Gurman indicated that the company is developing a new "touchless gesture control" and a curved screen for the future iPhone models. If you can recall, Samsung launched Air View for Galaxy devices that allows users to a take peek at the content in apps and do other things. The iPhone X's OLED screen curves slightly at the bottom, but the shape is mostly invisible to the human eye. This is not the first time someone has worked on curved screens and touchless controls. The technology for this feature is not based on some motion sensor on the phone's bezel but it is built into the display seamlessly. The Beta Software Program allows anyone with a working Apple ID to try pre-release software for free. Ben Lovejoy speculated how curved screens could eventually lead to a foldable iPhone, which certainly seems more practical than this.

Loyal Apple customers have always a vested interest in the upgrades, be it software or hardware; this has driven Apple to innovate and experiment unceasingly.

  • Latoya Cobb