A new report out from Bloomberg suggests that Apple is working on touchless gesture controls as well as curved screens for future iPhone models. Both projects are said to be at the early stages of research and development, which might take at least two years away from potentially making it into consumer devices.
The report cites “people with knowledge of the matter,” is suggesting that Cupertino-based Apple Inc. is looking to differentiate itself from competitors by introducing a new suite of iPhone models which benefit from curved displays and touchless gestures for interactions.
There is no doubt that Apple’s biggest revenue generator is by far its iPhone range. However, when faced with increasing competition from devices – are practically operating in parity with iPhone these days, the company’s CEO needs to try and alter its smartphone design and architecture in order to stand out from the pack.
When considering the fact, with Apple’s closest rival – Samsung – has already offered versions of both technologies in its prior models. Say “Air Gestures” on the Galaxy S4. It allowed users to browse between photos and scroll a webpage just by swiping in the air above the phone, while Air View would function much like Apple’s 3D Touch, exposing additional information when you hover your finger over a trigger area.
Flagship Samsung Galaxy S devices have had curved screen sides for years now, though the report indicates Apple’s curved iPhone display would “curve inward gradually from top to bottom.”
The latest report continues to differentiating Apple’s next plans which could potentially come from touchless gestures. This action would allow device owners to perform specific actions on the device by simply hovering a finger above the screen without actually physically touching the display. Technically, if this implemented, then it’s likely a production-ready iPhone product of that nature which would be available after two years from now.
Hover gestures have been a popular topic of experimentation among other tech giants, with Microsoft having also world on an implementation of such for its ill-fated Windows Phone platform. Microsoft’s Kinect-like phone gesture showed a lot of promise for the idea, previously. Although a coherent and compelling use of floating touch interactions hasn’t yet been demonstrated on a retail device as yet.
(Image: Foldable iPhone concept)
Curved displays aren’t exactly new as far as smartphone technology is concerned. However, it appears that Apple’s implementation would be slightly different and would rely on the use of OLED technology in order to get this curved effect on both top and bottom sides.
And, of course, that leaves ample for Apple to do what it actually does, which is to arrive late to an idea but popularize it through smarter and better integration into its overall user experience. It’s likely we won’t see these dramatic advances within the next few years.
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