Apple might soon add new features to the iPhones. Recently, it has started working on touchless gesture control and curved screens for future iPhones. Also, as per sources close to this, these projects might help the company differentiate its most-important product in an increasingly crowded market.
The control feature would enable iPhone users to perform some tasks by moving their finger close to the screen without actually tapping it. Of course, this technology likely won’t be ready for consumers for at least two years, if Apple chooses to go forward with it. The source also added that this new gesture technology would take into account the proximity of a finger to the screen.
Apple is also developing iPhone displays that curve inward gradually from top to bottom. Now, that’s quite different than the latest Samsung smartphone screens, which would curve down at the edges. Till now, every iPhone model has used a flat display. The iPhone X’s OLED screen curves slightly at the bottom, but even that shape is mostly invisible to the human eye.
Moreover, OLED, or organic light emitting diode, displays can be shaped into curves or even folded, unlike the less-flexible LCD screen technology used in all the prior iPhones. Apple is also working on new screen technology, known as MicroLED, but that’s at least three to five years away. To be true, both features are still in the early research and development stage and Apple could choose to not go forward with the enhancements.
Apple needs compelling features and specs, as Samsung has launched a feature called Air Gestures several years ago that lets users accept calls and flip through web pages by waving their hand across the top of the phone.
While the Apple projects aren’t imminent, the company has near-term plans to expand OLED technology to more devices, according to other people familiar with the matter. It would be also soon releasing a second iPhone with that type of screen later this year, a larger model with a 6.5-inch screen, up from the 5.8-inch size in the current iPhone X. In fact, the company is also working on an update to the iPhone X’s size and a new, lower-cost LCD model.
To access adequate OLED supplies for these new devices, Apple is in fact, expanding its sourcing from Samsung to also include LG Display as per sources.