Future iPhones to Feature Curved Displays, Touchless Controls

Posted April 05, 2018

Two major differences would radically change the iPhone as we know it: a curved screen and touchless control.

Bloomberg says that these features are likely two years away from release. This is expected to allow users to control their devices by simply moving their finger close to the display, without physically needing to touch the panel. Apple's latest iPhones have a feature called 3D Touch that responds differently depending on different finger pressures. 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.

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. The company is said to be working on these new projects in hopes of making its smartphones stand out in a sea of competition. Although the iPhone does boast the best camera out of any smartphone, nearly all of their other features have been implemented and mastered by other manufacturers such as Samsung, LG, and Sony. Potentially, this might be meant to serve a similar objective as the 3D Touch feature that Apple has been including in iPhones since 2015.

In the fourth quarter, Apple was responsible for about 20 percent of smartphone shipments following the launch of the iPhone X and iPhone 8, beating out second place Samsung and Huawei, according to IDC. A few years ago, Samsung rolled out a concept for its phones called Air Gestures for touchless gesture control, and has already had favorable outcomes from utilizing curved screens.

Google's Project Soli also boasts similar tech, this time integrating a sensor and antenna into a micro-chip that uses radar to detect touchless motions. The upcoming OLED iPhone is said to have a larger 6.5-inch display than the 5.8-inch iPhone X.

To access adequate OLED supplies for these new devices, Apple is expanding its sourcing from Samsung to also include LG Display, the people said.