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Apple reportedly working on iPhone touchless gesture controls

07 April 2018

While this offers new user interactions with the iPhone, Samsung had already been testing gesture-based controls when it introduced the Air Gestures a few years ago.

Samsung has used the sensors in smartphones to give phone users the ability to control their screens without touching them. The Apple devices that support this software version are the iPhone 5S and newer models, iPhone Mini 2, Mini 3, Mini 4 and the sixth-generation iPod Touch.

One local PCB producer told ET News that it had considered supplying multi-FPCBs to Apple, but changed its mind because the proposed supply price was too low.

The phone, which, according to Bloomberg, is expected to take at least two years to arrive, will feature a curved display.

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Apple's always been said to be working on new technologies to build into its lineup of iPhones, and today's report out of Bloomberg corroborates these rumors.

"However, Lin believes Apple will only adopt the [microLED] panel in the top-of-the-line models of its upcoming Apple Watch series initially", Digitimes noted.

We can get behind curved displays as the likes of Samsung's Galaxy S9 and its Infinity Display present impressive screens that pleasantly curve around the phone's edges.

Touchless gestures are also apparently on their way to an iPhone near you, and they could be implemented in two years at the earliest.

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Bloomberg's sources also reckon that Apple is working on a touchless control system for the iPhone.

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

That said, it's important to note that both these projects are tentative, experimental and many years away from actually shipping - if they ever do.

The idea is that the display curves inward gradually from the top to the bottom.

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Apple's move to develop these new technologies is to accelerate the iPhone's innovation in the smartphone market as competition heats up. Let us know in the comments!

Apple reportedly working on iPhone touchless gesture controls