The company's logo is seen outside Austria's first Apple store, which opens on February 24, during a media preview in Vienna, Austria, February 22, 2018.
Apple didn't respond to a request for comment Wednesday. But, again, don't expect these features to be included in this year's new iPhones.
But it probably won't make it on to the next iPhone X, which is expected to land in September. The 10th anniversary iPhone's OLED display curves slightly at the bottom though it isn't that visible to the human eye.
While Apple hasn't introduced touchless gestures in the past, companies like Samsung and Motorola have. "The control feature would let iPhone users perform some tasks by moving their finger close to the screen without actually tapping it ..."
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Samsung now uses smartphone screens that curve, but its curved screens slope down at the edges, rather than from top to bottom.
Speaking in terms of the display, it will "gradually" curve inward from top to bottom and it's still at least two to three years away. Samsung is already working on a foldable smartphone, while Huawei is seeing increased success in Asia.
If you didn't think the iPhone X was a substantial enough shift in terms of design, it looks like Apple has a more significant revamp in store. Google has its own take on the tech, secretly experimenting with it within an initiative called Project Soli.
Touchless gesture control would allow end users to hover their finger over the display and still be able to interact with onscreen options. However, Samsung's feature used a motion sensor on the phone's bezel rather than technology built into the display panel. A larger 6.5-inch iPhone will carry an OLED display.