Apple Is Reportedly Working on Touchless and Curved iPhone Screens

Tonya Becker
April 8, 2018

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. There is a new phone being released every month it seems like, and Apple feels the need to step their game up to compete.

We suppose gesture control could be handy for any virtual or augmented reality headsets Apple may be working on with the idea that a future iPhone will act as the brains of the system.

Apple is said to be working on some brand new designs for future iPhones by adding touchless controls and curved screens, according to a report from Bloomberg.

Government data shows that Apple has applied for 11 patents related to microLED technology in Korea over the past decade, the publication reported.

As suggested by the name, the touchless gesture control feature will allow users to let their fingers "hover close to the screen without actually touching it". These panels will curve inward gradually from top to bottom, and not down at the edges like Samsung's recent flagships. Apple plans to take similar tech in their own direction. Unlike Samsung's technology that uses a sensor embedded in the top bezel, Apple is looking at integrating proximity sensing into displays. The iPhone X's OLED screen curves slightly at the bottom, but the shape is hard to detect.

Moreover, Apple is also working on a new display that will replace current OLED display. The company has been sharing condensed informational videos on its new products left and right this past year, and the new, 6th-gen iPad with Apple Pencil support is no exception. Both projects are said to be at the early stages of research and development, at least two years away from potentially making it into consumer devices.

Being dependent for device displays on other companies, who are also in competition, was not at all alluring for Apple.

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