Future iPhones to Feature Curved Displays, Touchless Controls

Rosalie Gross
April 8, 2018

Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The company is also allegedly working to bring a touch-free interface to the iPhone that is said to allow users to navigate iOS just by gesturing with their hands above the phone.

With the iPhone X off to a weaker than expected start, Apple has been scrambling to offer better innovations in future devices. The technology could be useful for augmented reality, which is where Apple has put in a lot of effort in the past couple of years. One source said, "Unlike Samsung's smartphone screen, the new iPhone screen curves inwards from top to bottom".

This is interesting. We actually know how this might look in reality thanks to LG's G Flex, which curved vertically instead of horizontally. It not only increased the screen-to-body ratio by removing the home button, it added the infamous notch to the smartphone ecosystem.

Smudgy iPhone screens may be a relic of the past, if reports of Apple testing a "touchless" screen are true.

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Now according to some reports, Apple is working on new touchless controls for its upcoming iPhones. The current iPhone X has an OLED screen that curves a bit at the bottom, but most humans aren't able to see the curve.

Both this and the curved screens are now in the early research and development phase at Apple, and thus it's not a given that either or both of them will actually make it to shipping products. Even in this case, Apple isn't the first the line.

New reports have Apple working on features that aren't found on their competitors' phones.

However, Bloomberg reported that the two technologies are still in their early stages of R&D and that Apple could possibly halt the drive.

We're slightly more bemused by the Nokia 8110-style keyboard cover which is included in a couple of the images, which would presumably cover half the screen with little benefit when the phone isn't in use.

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