Future IPhones To Have Curved Screens And Touchless Controls

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This would mark a big shift in the look and feel of the iPhone, though we are certainly excited to see what this opens up for future designs.

Samsung has used the sensors in smartphones to give phone users the ability to control their screens without touching them. Google's ATAP research group has been working this sort of technology, too, through its Project Soli program. Similarly, the new touchless gesture will also take into account the distance of fingers from the screen to add some new and high-tech elements to the technology. However, the technology will take at least two years to get fully developed if Apple decides to take it up seriously, stated a person familiar with the company's plans.

Interestingly, Apple is also working on displays that gradually curve inward from top and bottom. And the latest report says that Apple will follow Samsung by offering curved displays and touchless control on future iPhones. It's probable that Instagram won't be the only one to join this list soon, as Apple's new requirement will likely kill off other apps built with the obsolete SDK.

Additionally, rumours of a second iPhone X with a larger 6.5 inch OLED screen being released later this year round off the report.

Unlike LCD screens, organic light emitting diode (OLED) screens are more versatile, allowing it to be folded and curved.

The Air Touch controls and curved screens have already appeared on the Samsung Galaxy S4 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. To stay ahead, Apple needs compelling new features and designs. Specifically, a Bloomberg report from earlier in the week claims that Apple has been prototyping a curved iPhone model created to stand out in a smartphone market where devices are becoming harder and harder to tell apart.

Both this and the curved screens are now in the early research and development phase at Apple, and thus it's not a given that either or both of them will actually make it to shipping products.

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