Apple is testing new ways to make the iPhone stand out

Apple is testing new ways to make the iPhone stand out

Apple might be building some bold new features for future generations of iPhones: touchless gesture controls and curved screens.

The report suggests the new phone would be able to detect gestures from fingers without the user actually touching the screen. Apple is also developing iPhone displays that curve inward gradually from top to bottom ...

This news comes after Apple is set to ditch Intel chips in 2020. Apple is still in the early development stages with those technologies. Thus far, all of Apple's iPhones sport flat displays.

Apple did not immediately respond to PCMag's request for comment. A newer model of the original iPhone X is also said to be resized.

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Apple is also said to be experimenting with a new touchless, gesture-driven way to interact with iPhones. Samsung is already working on a foldable smartphone, while Huawei is seeing increased success in Asia. Back when including everything but the kitchen sink in phones was a thing, Samsung allowed users to control their Galaxy S devices by doing things like waving their hand over the display to scroll. Google's ATAP research group has been working on similar technology through a program known as Project Soli. Apple's approach will apparently require the gestures to be closer to the screen than the search giant's.

The features could help Apple differentiate itself in a crowded market where phones generally look the same.

For what it's worth, Apple (and other companies) work on technology like this all the time, though not everything makes it to the consumer. 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.