Apple Working on Curved Screens, Touchless Tech for iPhone, Report Says

Everything else was background, filler, or speculation, like the notion that Apple might be considering a curved iPhone design in order to "differentiate design" in a "crowded marketplace". The technology likely won't be ready for consumers for at least two years, if Apple chooses to go forward with it, a person familiar with the work said. The touchless control feature essentially works as it sounds - allowing you to perform tasks without actually touching the iPhone's display.

MicroLED is a low-power display technology that features better color gamuts and brightness levels than LCD. Bloomberg noted that a curved iPhone won't release for another two or three years. The screen would gradually curve inward from top to bottom.

The plan, reported by Bloomberg, has been rumored for several years, as Apple has taken on more chip design for devices.

As stated, both features are in early stages of development and it will be a couple of years before they see the light of day. One of the current rumors is that Samsung is working on a foldable smartphone. Samsung's Air Gesture showed useful information while the user hovered his finger over an icon or button. Based on the iPhone report, it sounds like Apple is developing screens that could detect someone's finger, rather than the whole hand. Google's ATAP research group has been working on similar technology through a program known as Project Soli. This feature used a motion sensor on the phone's bezel instead of being built into the display. Now, more than a decade later the company is planning to explore possibilities beyond touching glass screens all the time.

To access adequate OLED supplies for these new devices, Apple is expanding its sourcing from Samsung to also include LG Display, the people said.

After three consecutive years of iterative iPhone updates that included nearly no design changes, Apple in 2017 released a completely redesigned iPhone.

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