Apple Is Reportedly Working on Touchless and Curved iPhone Screens

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A new report claims Apple is now working on curved screens and a touchless control technology for its upcoming iPhones.

It's unclear if Apple sees any additional benefit in ergonomics by going a different direction with its curves, or this is simply a measure meant to preemptively stop people from saying it copied Samsung. Judging by the description of the display, the phone is likely to have a rather large screen and an OLED panel, given that only OLEDs can curve easily.

Apple didn't respond to a request for comment Wednesday. A curved iPhone may be as little as two to three years away, the person said. The 10th anniversary iPhone's OLED display curves slightly at the bottom though it isn't that visible to the human eye. Unlike Samsung's technology that uses a sensor embedded in the top bezel, Apple is looking at integrating proximity sensing into displays. Both are said to be in the early stages of research and development which suggests that they may not arrive for at least a couple of years.

The work comes as the Cupertino, California-based smartphone pioneer looks to make its gadgets stand out. The only one that has a slight curvature is the iPhone X. To stay ahead, Apple needs compelling new features and designs. There's no reason why this would be implemented in today's report, but we may learn more as time progresses. There is a new phone being released every month it seems like, and Apple feels the need to step their game up to compete.

According to Bloomberg, upcoming iPhones could also detect touchless gestures right above the display.

Gurman, who's renowned for Apple scoops, compared the touchless control feature to Samsung's Air Gestures function for Android - which lets users answer calls and browse web pages by waving their hand across their handset.

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