The iPhone, like many smartphones, has been criticised in recent years for not breaking new ground. As a result, the Apple rumor mill has been working overtime lately. Most probably, this feature will allow users to control their devices by simply moving their finger close to the display, without touching the panel.
Gestures on a smartphone have been a rather hot topic, with big names trying to implement it in their devices and failed, this opens up a lot of room for Apple to experiment with it and explore different types of ways they can further enhance how smartphones react to gesture-based controls. The iPhone X's OLED screen curves slightly at the bottom, but the shape is hard to detect.
Both technologies are in their developing phases, however, consumers should expect the features to arrive in the 2020 or 2021 model years.
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The work comes as the Cupertino, California-based smartphone pioneer looks to make its gadgets stand out. Apple is also working on new screen technology, called MicroLED, but that's around three to five years away. It is the first non-Pro iPad model to feature support for Apple Pencil and is mainly geared toward the education sector, but makes a great, affordable tablet as well, especially considering the Apple Pencil support. What's more is that it takes into consideration the fingers proximity from the screen. In the latest set of rumours coming out of Bloomberg, one states that Apple is exploring using touchless gesture control and curved screens.
Google is also working on technology using gestures through a program called Project Soli. Samsung is already working on a foldable smartphone, while Huawei is seeing increased success in Asia.
Bloomberg reports that the initiative "is still in early developmental stages", but is meant to bring Macs into the same unified architecture that allows all of Apple's other devices to work together "seamlessly". Last year, the company has introduced its brand-new design strategy with the iPhone X.