Tech and software guru, Apple Inc. has been more forthcoming in meeting up with the demands of technology advancements as its series of iOS–backed smartphones have become big knockouts in the world.
Apple has therefore reported that it is considering incorporating future iPhones versions with ‘hover’ gestures and curved screens. These gestures controls are to supposedly allow users to navigate through their iPhones without touching or tapping their phone screens. The future iPhones, according to Bloomberg reports, would come with a curved screen display.
The projects are being considered by Apple’s teams and proposed to be a moderate change from the latest flagship model, the iPhone X. Already, the latest iPhone models are sporting a slight curve at the bottom with a flat screen and a curved screen display to accommodate its bezel-free design.
The reports however expatiated on this by describing the screen feature of the future iPhones as phones sporting a lower middle display or a dip when compared the top and bottom part of the screen.
According to the development team, there are definite differences between these new features and that of the latest line of smartphones of their rival South Korean OEM, Samsung whose screens are curved at the edges and sides.
Google and Samsung had already adopted the ‘touchless’ or ‘hover’ control features with the latter relying on a recognition system which uses hand-wave motions to support detection by the detector integrated into the phone. Apple, however, hopes to use a recognition system whose screenings would rely on the detector built inside the screen display.
While the 3D Touch was already launched with the Apple Watch and the iPhone 6s which necessitated users to press firmly on the screen of their devices to perform actions, the ‘hover’ gestures appear to be another way initiating a deeper level of sensitivity in and interaction with the iPhone. The report highlighted that the finger would not need to make contact with the screen, as, any level of interaction would be through the sensitivity of the sensors to be built in the display.
Hot-shot tech designer Martin Hajek dropped a comment about how future iPhone’s with curved screens might look like. The future iPhones are seemingly expected to adopt the design of Nokia banana phone, i.e. the Nokia 8110.
The Bloomberg reports, however, confirmed and warned that the features are still in their respective development and research stages and any of the two could be forgone by Apple should it be considered. They also reiterated that the products were at least two years away from being launched if the company decides to go along with the proposed design.
Other representations of the design had been speculated by many more with some cutting close to the appearance of the LG Flex. Apple, as it seems, aims to stand out in the world of similarly built smartphones and this looks remotely close enough to the rumoured foldable iPhone versions that were supposedly being worked on by Apple’s teams.
According to 9to5Mac’s Ben Lovejoy, there have been numerous reports pointing towards the possibility of Apple working with different suppliers on unveiling the foldable iPhone. Also, a substantial amount of Apple’s patents are hinting towards the development of the technology. He further added that the curved screens would mean a more practical step towards the promised foldable smartphones which would go a long way in the achievement of the company’s long-term goal of delivering high-end tech devices.
While the prospect of the launch of foldable smartphones is quite exciting, it would seem that the steps taken towards the incorporation of curved screens with sensitive air gestures into the future iPhones are becoming a novelty amongst users that are well versed in accommodating Apple’s high-tech products.
While the relevance of the features is unclear, it was noted by iDrop News that the device should be slightly slimmer than the latest iPhone X and the iPhone 8 with the keypad screen that allows touch fully compressed to be expanded when needed.
On a similar note, Apple has been reported to be working on microLED display panels which would work on a first-party basis all across its range of products. The company is also rumoured to be planning to launch a 5.8-inch OLED-based model as well as another model of its latest leading model, the iPhone X which would feature a 6.5-inch screen display. A 6.1-inch LCD-based model is also reportedly in the works.
Varun is the Editor-in-Chief & Digital Strategist at Applesutra. When he isn’t busy devouring Apple blogs & podcasts, Varun spends his time following tennis (Vamos Rafa!), watching movies (superhero or super scary) or reading books (Audible/Kindle/old school).