With the release of the original iPhone in 2007, Apple introduced the Apple fans to touch screens. Later, they went a step ahead and launched 3D Touch. Now, more than a decade later the company is planning to explore possibilities beyond touching glass screens all the time. Preferably, not touching them at all.
According to a report by Bloomberg, the Cupertino is working to bring touchless gesture capabilities to iPhone in the coming future. This would go along with a curved screen, a feature that has made leading manufacturers scratch their heads.
There aren’t many curved-screen smartphones. Samsung has tried, but their smartphones are limited to a curve along the edges, except the curved smartphone launched in the past. But unlike the Samsung, Apple’s implementation of the curved screen will be different. The screen would gradually curve inward from top to bottom.
Talking about touchless gestures, it will allow users to interact with their devices by getting their finger close to the screen but not touch it. Even in this case, Apple isn’t the first the line. If you can recall, Samsung launched Air View for Galaxy devices that allows users to a take peek at the content in apps and do other things.
Apple’s touchless gestures will be different here as well. Instead of putting the sensors in the bezel, the entire screen would act as a sensor to detect finger proximity and position.
As per the report, a curved screen iPhone with touchless gestures could arrive in the next two to three years. However, they are still under development, and it remains to be seen if they’ll ever get out of Apple’s R&D department.