Apple is working on touchless gesture control and curved screen for future iPhones, projects that may help the company differentiate it’s most important product in an increasingly crowded market, according to people with knowledge of matter.
The control feature would let iPhone users perform some task by moving their finger close to the screen without actually tapping it. The technology likely won’t be ready for consumers for at least two years, if Apple chooses to go forward with it.
Apple has long embraced new ways for humans to interact with computers. Apple’s latest iPhone have a feature called 3D Touch that responds differently depend on different finger pressures. The new technology gesture would take into account the proximity of a finger to the screen.
Apple is also developing iPhone displays that curves inward gradually from top to bottom. It is different than the latest Samsung smartphones screen which curves down at the edges. Till now, every iPhone model has used a flat display. The iPhone X’s OLED screen curves slightly at the bottom, but the shape is mostly invisible to the human eye.
Apple was responsible for about 20% of smartphones shipments following the launch of the iPhone X and iPhone 8 and beating out the second place Samsung and Huawei, according to IDC.
Both features are still in the early research and development stage and Apple could choose to not go forward with the enhancements.