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Next Generation From Touchscreens? Apple Developing Touch-Less Screen Gesture Control

| April 6 , 2018 , 12:00 IST

Apple Inc. is reportedly working on touchless gesture control and curved screens for future iPhones. This project may help the company differentiate its most-important product in an increasingly crowded market.

The new feature would let iPhone users perform some tasks by moving their finger close to the screen without actually tapping it. The technology likely won’t be ready for consumers for at least two years.

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Apple has long embraced new ways for humans to interact with technology. It's latest iPhones have a feature called 3D Touch that responds differently depending on different finger pressures. The new gesture technology would take into account the proximity of a finger to the screen, as per Bloomberg reports.

Apple is also developing iPhone displays that curve inward gradually from top to bottom. That’s different than the latest Samsung smartphone screens, which curve down at the edges. So far, every iPhone model has used a flat display. The iPhone X’s OLED screen curves slightly at the bottom, but the shape is mostly invisible to the human eye.

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Besides, Apple is also working on to develop its own Micro-LED device display.

Both features are still in the early research and development stage.