Apple is reportedly working on a couple of new features for future iPhones in order to differentiate its products from the growing competition. According to Bloomberg, the new features are touchless gesture controls and curved displays. The touchless gesture control is said to add a new dimension of iPhone's display.
As suggested by the name, the touchless gesture control feature will allow users to let their fingers "hover close to the screen without actually touching it". In other words, future iPhone users will be able to perform some tasks in their phone just by moving their finger close to the display. However, the technology will take at least two years to get fully developed if Apple decides to take it up seriously, stated a person familiar with the company's plans.
Apple has always found new ways to make its product stand out from the crowd. For instance, the latest iPhones come with 3D Touch feature, which responds differently depending on the finger pressure. The upcoming gesture technology will be able to understand if a finger is close to the screen.
Apple's arch-rival Samsung had previously introduced a similar feature called Air Gestures that let users pick up calls and surf through web pages by waving their hands across the top of the device. However, the South Korean tech firm failed to make much impact. Now it remains to be seen how the touchless gesture feature works out for Apple.
The Cupertino-giant also plans to use curved displays on its iPhones. Unlike Samsung Galaxy S9's display, the display on iPhones will be curving inwards gradually from top to the bottom of the front of the phone. Except for the iPhone X, all the other iPhone models so far have sported a flat display. The iPhone X's OLED display has a slight curve at the bottom, but it is negligible.
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. Apple as always has not made any comments on this issue, so we would have to wait to see if the report eventually turns out to be legit.