Apple is working on new touchless controls for its displays

Apple is working on new touchless controls for its displays
Apple has a number of new features in the pipeline for its upcoming iPhones. Last year, the company introduced its brand-new design strategy with the iPhone X and, unsurprisingly, this year’s models are expected to follow in its footsteps. According to a Bloomberg report, however, the Cupertino-based company has a number of new features in the works in order to differentiate its future models in the coming years.

Kicking things off is expected to be a new display technology that should help create an even more immersive experience. Much like Samsung’s curved edge displays, Apple is said to be working on OLED panels that are capable of being curved at certain points but, unlike Samsung’s, Apple’s alternative is expected to curve from top to bottom. Also in the works alongside the new displays is a new gesture control feature. 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. Both the new gesture control and display technologies are still in the early research and development phases, so Apple could ultimately decide not to include them in future devices. If it chooses to do so, however, consumers should expect the features to arrive in the 2020 or 2021 model years.

In addition to these new technologies, Apple is also working on another new display technology which should eventually replace current OLED displays. The new tech, dubbed microLED, is currently on track for a release in next few years - with the displays rumored to debut on the Apple Watch initially - and is expected to offer one major advantage over current OLED displays, that being the lack of organic matter which should help avoid any burn-in situations, not to mention the fact that it will also reduce Apple’s reliance on Samsung for future displays.

Looking at short-term plans for the company, Apple is rumored to have plans for an expanded range of OLED devices that is set to be headed by a new iPhone Xs Plus variant that should boast a huge 6.5” screen. Apple is also expected to introduce an update to last year’s regular iPhone X, set to be called the iPhone Xs, and a slightly more budget-friendly LCD variant.

source: Bloomberg

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32 Comments

1. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

Yea one more thing PA Notchless iphones model in 2019 and 5G Network in 2020 iphones model.

6. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

Inscreen fingerprint scanner too in 2019 iphones models.

12. sgodsell

Posts: 7431; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Look gestures are cool and all, but how about give real multitasking and split screen multitasking to iPhones. If Apple claims they have a real fast A11 SoC, then why not make iOS on iPhones support multiple tasks running simultaneously. Who what a concept. Just because computers, laptops, Android, and even iPads support multiple tasks running simultaneously. Why not iPhones. Geez, give me a break.

16. clarity

Posts: 56; Member since: Jun 19, 2017

you can do both by jailbreaking

22. kryme

Posts: 469; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

There is an app for that

23. Khyron

Posts: 398; Member since: Sep 28, 2015

25. tedkord

Posts: 17410; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

What's that got to do with his point?

32. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

LMAO. Samsung Galaxy S4: Air Gesture Samsung Galaxy S6: Curved screen Samsung "The Wall" 146-inch modular TV: MicroLED display

20. GalaxyLeads_iCrapFollows

Posts: 216; Member since: Nov 29, 2017

So Apple is again copying Samsung with "notchless" iphone, curved display, and touchless gesture controls. I'm starting to think Apple is a chinese company

28. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Did you read the post? It is said. A touchless control display! This may be a hologram on a smartphone device. So how can you be sure that they will be making a notchless iphone?

29. buccob

Posts: 2974; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

It will not be hologram, it will be something in the lines of what the Sony Xperia sola did in 2012 or the Samsung Galaxy S4 did en 2013 with Air Gestures.... And the curved display from top to bottom sounds like the LG Flex

26. audibot

Posts: 649; Member since: Jan 26, 2017

are they talking about samsungs air gestures like scroll with ur eyes or tell bixby to scroll up or down or wave your hand across the screen to screenshot etc

2. DBoss

Posts: 102; Member since: Feb 18, 2017

Okay! This so called technology no apple user has ever seen is Samsung galaxy's 4th or 5th gen air touch gesture! It gives preview of picture or video even without touchin the display...

13. Heisenberg

Posts: 377; Member since: Feb 11, 2015

Exactly. It was called gimmicks and gimmicks until them god Apple does it then it's all well and good

21. bucknassty

Posts: 1350; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

Remember, this site called it a gimmick.... heavily! every review they said it was a waste, now its gone and someone wants to bring it back like their own! tsk tsk SHAME SHAME this is my most missed feature from my note 3

3. Nimbus

Posts: 442; Member since: Apr 02, 2018

Those 2 feature will come in 2021 iphone models may be 2020 becozz Apple AR headet will come in 2020 and full bezeless screen in 2019 iphone models without notch so apple will copy samsung features later to save cost,unless they made sales on 2018 iphones model if not they might introduce them in 2020 iphones model.MicroLed wont be coming in 3 to 5 years in smartphones by sam,sony,apple,Lg

4. Sunbae-min

Posts: 135; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Is this how Apple gains its brand name? By they way, how is 3D Touch doing since released? I bet it is more famous than Justin Bieber. LOL

5. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1438; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Apple must really be out of ideas to copy yet more from Samsung.

9. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Yeah because no other smartphone has those features....

10. worldpeace

Posts: 3135; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Copy? No, they only steal from other..

30. buccob

Posts: 2974; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

The funny thing is that Samsung copied it from a low-end Sony.... (though Samsung's version was a much improved implementation)....

8. pecapello

Posts: 107; Member since: Feb 19, 2015

Well well, curved screen will indeed get some love, apparently hahahahaha just hilarious

14. TheOneSilveriusXZP

Posts: 64; Member since: Jul 01, 2017

Wait , this implementation of touchless display also seen on Xperia Sola with Floating Touch technology 6 years ago on certain apps and Xperia Home UI alongside with Samsung Air Gesture ?

15. MarmiteTheDog

Posts: 192; Member since: Jul 31, 2017

Late April Fool's?

17. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Haha touch gestures? Everyone knows (except iFans because Apple is god) that Nokia ,Samsung and Sony had this years and years ago! Apple loves copying/stealing and make iFans believe that they invented!

27. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

Don't forget Motorola, that was one of the main features of the original Moto X.

18. TechSceptic

Posts: 1156; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Oh my, Apple is going to "invent" curved displays! The "courage" from Apple is incredible! I want to bet Apple fanboys is going to do a 180 on their opinion of curved displays, if Apple starts to produce phones with a curved display.

19. fyah_king unregistered

Wow, the sheep will love this. It's truy innovative!!!

24. kucma

Posts: 87; Member since: Feb 01, 2017

If it curves at the top then the Notch will be gone one would imagine.

31. trueheart99

Posts: 24; Member since: Oct 05, 2017

Wait... doesn't this sounds like Samsung overbloated software of yesteryears?

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