Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Apple's future iPhones may have curved displays and 'touchless' gesture controls

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| 08 April, 2018, 02:36

Apple's latest iPhone models, including iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X, have a 3D Touch feature that responds differently to different finger pressures. 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.

The idea is that the display curves inward gradually from the top to the bottom. This technology isn't exactly new as Sony and Nokia have implemented it in the past as a glove input option on their phones.

Industry experts are saying that Apple has started working on touchless gesture and features like curved screens for iPhones. Back when including everything but the kitchen sink in phones was a thing, Samsung allowed users to control their Galaxy S devices by doing things like waving their hand over the display to scroll.


A faulty connection in the RFPCB module was also cited as the key reason behind the so-called "frozen" iPhone X whose OLED screen would become unresponsive or inaccurate in cold weather. Samsung is already working on a foldable smartphone, while Huawei is seeing increased success in Asia. As a result, the Apple rumor mill has been working overtime lately.

Separately, Bloomberg had last month reported that Apple was secretly researching on a newer generation of display called MicroLED screens. However, Samsung's feature used a motion sensor on the phone's bezel rather than technology built into the display panel. While Face ID makes it easy to unlock a phone without touching the screen a few times, many of us are already familiar with the swipes and taps a touchscreen enables.

Apple's current iPhones curve out slightly around its edges. Now it has stepped into something different and that might sound a bit insane as it's reportedly thinking to bring foldable iPhone within two years.

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