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Apple is working on new touchless controls for its upcoming iPhones

Apple is working on new touchless controls for its upcoming iPhones

Apple's iteration of the software feature is said to be similar to the existing 3D Touch feature which provides additional information when the user hovers their finger over a trigger area. The first is support for touchless control, which the sources who leaked the project said will let consumers carry out some tasks by performing gestures above the screen without touching it. The curved displays will reportedly "curve inward gradually from top to bottom". Samsung has tried, but their smartphones are limited to a curve along the edges, except the curved smartphone launched in the past. In fact, at least one of them could be at least two years away from shipping.

Bloomberg notes that the new curved iPhone design and Apple's supposed touchless gestures are "still in the early research and development stage and Apple could choose to not go forward with the enhancements". An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment. Since the iPhone 6S, the company's "Raise to Wake" technology has allowed users to check notifications without having to press a single button on the device, while the iPhone X did away with the Home Button entirely.




Citing unnamed "people familiar with the situation", Bloomberg last month reported that Apple is producing a small number of microLED test screens at a secret factory near its headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. Samsung is already working on a foldable smartphone, while Huawei is seeing increased success in Asia. Air Gestures allowed users to move their hand near the top of the handset to accept calls, scroll through webpages, and more. Alphabet's Google is also working on touchless gestures.

Technology changes faster than most of us can keep up. Apple has unloaded a handful of helpful clips on the new product, and they can be found on the official iPad how-to page (linked below). Apple is expected to release a 6.5-inch iPhone with an OLED screen and a new, lower-cost LCD model.


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