Apple is experimenting with touchless gestures and curved screen iPhones

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The report suggests the new phone would be able to detect gestures from fingers without the user actually touching the screen. The gestures "likely won't be ready for consumers for at least two years". This would involve a screen where the actual middle of the display is lower than the top and bottom edges, resembling LG's Flex smartphone to an extent.

Although the OLED panel of the iPhone X curves at the bottom, that's mostly hidden from owners of the device - the goal is exclusively to make the bottom bezel as small as possible, by having the necessary screen drivers "under" it. (Though Apple's "all-screen" design is far less successful than Samsung's.) The iPhone X was also among the first iPhones to feature wireless charging, a feature that's been available in Android handsets for years. According to a new report, Apple is now working on curved iPhone displays which may arrive in a couple of years.

The person added that the capability would take into account the proximity of the user's finger to the screen.

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Apple has yet to embrace curved displays, but that could soon change. Bloomberg also reiterates its belief that Apple's microLED display technology is three to five years away. According to Bloomberg, Apple will be developing its processors for the Mac as early as 2020, doing away with current Intel processors powering the product. Google's ATAP research group has been working on similar technology through a program known as Project Soli.

Air Gestures, on the other hand, rely on a motion sensor in the phone's bezel. Apple's approach will apparently require the gestures to be closer to the screen than the search giant's. This new feature could integrate well with the already existing 3D Touch feature that senses the pressure of touch input.

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