While Apple is known to be secretive about their future plans and product pipeline, Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman has published a new report suggesting that the Cupertino tech giant is working on future iPhone models that will incorporate “touchless gesture control” as well as curved screens.
Since the smartphone market is already saturated with the same design aesthetic, Apple is looking to see how it can differentiate its flagship product. Interestingly, Samsung has already proceeded with that same approach, as the company is slated to debut its purported foldable Galaxy X phone later this year.
Now, according to the new report, Apple’s reported touchless control feature is described as a hover-like gesture system that would let future iPhone owners navigate iOS “by moving their finger close to the screen without actually tapping it.”
Gurman also compared Apple’s gesture design to Samsung’s Air Gestures in Android smartphones and Google’s Project Soli. He found out that Apple’s future iPhone “would require gestures to be closer to the screen than with Project Soli,” and be based on technology built in the display.
Additionally, in regard to the next generation iPhone display, Apple is reportedly designing a screen that curves inward “gradually from top to bottom,” unlike Samsung’s smartphones that curve down and away at the edges of the screen.
According to people with knowledge of Apple’s plans, these sources told Gurman that the working design is still around two to three years away. It’s worth noting that Apple has already experimented with curved displays in the past, as MacRumors published an article in 2016 stating Apple was testing a curved display and touch-sensitive tech, and also last year, when Apple was said to be working with LG on an iPhone with a foldable display.
Furthermore, the new report also fuels many of the current rumors for the 2018 iPhone lineup incorporating OLED tech and non-OLED screens, saying the company “will release a second iPhone with that type of screen later this year; a larger model with a 6.5-inch screen, up from the 5.8-inch size in the current iPhone X. The company is also working on an update to the iPhone X’s size and a new, lower-cost LCD model.”
For additional details, be sure to read the full story on Bloomberg.
In current Apple news, the company just released its iOS 11.3 update, bringing new AR experiences, Animoji, health records and more.