Curved displays and touchless gesture control could be the next major changes to the iPhone. Similarly, the new touchless gesture will also take into account the distance of fingers from the screen to add some new and high-tech elements to the technology. Even Apple's new iPhone X, which introduced new facial recognition technology and a almost all-screen front, failed to universally impress reviewers.
The iPhones that Apple Inc. will bring to market in the next few years may be much different than today's models. Except for the iPhone X, all the other iPhone models so far have sported a flat display. The screen curvature is reported to bend inward gradually from top to bottom, unlike Samsung phones which curve on the screen's left and right edges.
Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Apple's arch-rival Samsung had previously introduced a similar feature called Air Gestures that let users pick up calls and surf through web pages by waving their hands across the top of the device.
A faulty connection in the RFPCB module was also cited as the key reason behind the so-called "frozen" iPhone X whose OLED screen would become unresponsive or inaccurate in cold weather. Apple's design would require gestures to be closer to the screen than with Project Soli, the person familiar with the situation said. However, Samsung's feature used a motion sensor on the phone's bezel rather than technology built into the display panel.
Bloomberg's sources also reckon that Apple is working on a touchless control system for the iPhone.
Loyal Apple customers have always a vested interest in the upgrades, be it software or hardware; this has driven Apple to innovate and experiment unceasingly. Previous tips concentrated on wearable displays due to their advanced need for such sharp, low-power, and low-latency display technology.