Apple reportedly working on iPhone touchless gesture controls

But they won't look like the Samsung Galaxy S9 as Apple is thinking about a banana-shaped iPhone from top to bottom. On the contrary, Samsung's smartphone displays curve down at the edges. Today a new report comes from Bloomberg that suggests that Apple is developing two new pieces of technology for future iPhone models. Rather than having motion sensors in the bezel, Bloomberg says that the display itself will act as a sensor and your hands will have to be much closer to the screen to register and use touchless gestures.

According to Bloomberg, the new technology wouldn't arrive for another two years at least, and Apple has yet to determine whether or not it'll move forward with the ideas. A larger 6.5-inch iPhone will carry an OLED display.

The person added that the capability would take into account the proximity of the user's finger to the screen.


The information about Apple's new endeavor to come up with curved displays also seemingly confirms previous rumors that the tech giant will not only continue using OLED for its next-generation iPhones, but also increase the adoption of OLED screens this year. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment.

Smartphones have become increasingly similar as Apple, Samsung Electronics Co., Google, and Huawei Technologies Co. adopt features like full screens, advanced cameras, and facial recognition at roughly the same time. The only one that has a slight curvature is the iPhone X. This feature won't be ready for this year's new iPhones.

The new iPhone is expected to be unveiled in September. Also in the works alongside the new displays is a new gesture control feature.

  • Kara Saunders