Apple's Upcoming iPhones Might Come with Hover Gestures

According to Bloomberg, the new features are touchless gesture controls and curved displays.

We suppose gesture control could be handy for any virtual or augmented reality headsets Apple may be working on with the idea that a future iPhone will act as the brains of the system.

Samsung has used the sensors in smartphones to give phone users the ability to control their screens without touching them.

Yesterday Apple released iOS 11.4 beta 1 for developers, along with other first betas of watchOS, tvOS and macOS. The technology could be useful for augmented reality, which is where Apple has put in a lot of effort in the past couple of years. The rumor comes in the context of Taiwan's Ministry of Science and Technology approving a PlayNitride application to invest $17.1 million in new facilities at Hsinchu Science Park, where it will produce MicroLEDs, panels, and display modules.

For the most part the renders look more or less as you'd expect them to, and bring to mind LG's previous range of curved phones, the LG G Flex and LG G Flex 2.

Unlike LCD screens, organic light emitting diode (OLED) screens are more versatile, allowing it to be folded and curved.

The report specifically cites that Apple is testing an iPhone display capable of detecting gestures from finger movements without actually touching the display.

Apple's curved screen design is rumoured to take a different approach to Samsung's with a curve that extends from top to bottom instead of at the edges. Google's ATAP research group has been working this sort of technology, too, through its Project Soli program.

If you have any iPhone model that's older than those listed the then it's £0 within warranty/Apple Care + or £79 outside of warranty. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment. Given that the latter is still at least three years away from production, there is a strong chance that more OLED displays will end up in more iPhone models aside from the flagship.

  • Arturo Norris