Apple is working on new touchless controls for its displays

Apple is working on new touchless controls for its displays

Bloomberg reported that Apple is still figuring out how iPhone users can control some tasks by moving a finger near the screen.

The curved screens would curve in gradually from top to bottom rather than along the edges like Samsung's screens.

Until now, every iPhone model released has featured a flat screen. After all, OLED displays are more flexible than LCD screens.

Sources say the touchless control tech likely won't be ready for consumer release for at least two years.

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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In the fourth quarter, Apple was responsible for about 20 percent of smartphone shipments following the launch of the iPhone X and iPhone 8, beating out second place Samsung and Huawei, according to IDC. It is possible the screen would also be able to detect how far away the finger is.

Apple didn't respond to a request for comment Wednesday.

Apple is preparing something new for its future iPhones. While the battery management feature was the primary draw of the update, we also saw the addition of other features like iMessage for Businesses and the addition of new Animoji.

However, neither of these concepts are new, with Samsung a few years ago introducing a similar technology called Air Gestures for touchless control of its phones. Google's ATAP research group has been working this sort of technology, too, through its Project Soli program. The gestures wouldn't need to be close to the screen like how Apple is developing its gesture feature.

The iPhone X brought a new era of design for Apple's smartphones. However, Apple's plans are significantly different concepts.

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