Published: Sun, April 08, 2018
Industry | By Dora Warner

Apple reportedly mulling first curved OLED, gesture control iPhone

Apple reportedly mulling first curved OLED, gesture control iPhone

Now a new report from Bloomberg suggests that Apple might be working on curved screens and touchless gesture controls. "The control feature would let iPhone users perform some tasks by moving their finger close to the screen without actually tapping it ..."

Since Apple's launch of iPhone X past year, we have seen many rumours as to what the next device from the Cupertino giant might look like.

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Both technologies are in their developing phases, however, consumers should expect the features to arrive in the 2020 or 2021 model years.

If Apple is indeed working on a curved iPhone, it's unlikely that we'd see it within the next two years, so renders like this will be the best we'll get for the foreseeable future.

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MicroLED may eventually make it to bigger devices such as iPhones, but even OLED is just now making it into Apple devices with the $999 iPhone X, since it delivers a serious hit to profit margins. The air gestures would seemingly allow users to simply hover over the screen to control it. For instance, the latest iPhones come with 3D Touch feature, which responds differently depending on the finger pressure.

Apple is also redesigning iPhone screens to curve inward towards the middle; different from Samsung which curve at the edges. Changing the way that users interact with screens could offer something new on the market depending on how it's implemented. Google's ATAP research group is also working on a similar technology through a program called Project Soli. That division - which includes the App Store, AppleCare, Apple Music, iTunes and Apple Pay - topped $8.5 billion in the company's recently completed first fiscal quarter, up 13% year-over-year. The feature would be based on technology built into the display itself rather than via a motion sensor on the phone's bezel, like with Samsung's implementation, the person explained. OLED screens can be curved or folded. The early work of Huawei, Samsung, and Apple could be an omen of what's coming ahead.

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