Apple iPhone Pursues Touchless Control & Curved Screens For Future Models

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While this offers new user interactions with the iPhone, Samsung had already been testing gesture-based controls when it introduced the Air Gestures a few years ago. Some Galaxy S phones also have curved screens on the edge but Apple is going with a screen that will curve inward gradually from the top to bottom. Citing "people familiar with the matter" Bloomberg adds that this particular tech would take in to account the proximity of your fingers to the display.

Apple often moves slowly to adopt new technologies.

Samsung now uses smartphone screens that curve, but its curved screens slope down at the edges, rather than from top to bottom. The basic idea presented in posts like this one from my favorite blog Gizmodo (other than BGR, of course) is that Apple's touchless gesture control and curved screens aren't novel new ideas. The curves will presumably be a lot more noticeable than the slightly curved display on the bottom of the iPhone X. This would go along with a curved screen, a feature that has made leading manufacturers scratch their heads. The only catch with the new features is that they won't be available for at least two years, according to Bloomberg. 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. Google's ATAP research group has been working this sort of technology, too, through its Project Soli program. The gestures wouldn't need to be close to the screen like how Apple is developing its gesture feature. 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. So, we can say that we cannot see this technology in near future. Patents have been filed, but the technology to create this feature still hasn't caught up with the idea.

  • Valerie Cook