The report said that the iPhone display Apple is now developing detects finger gestures even without physically touching the screen. Also in the works alongside the new displays, is a new gesture control feature.
With more and more Android OEMs now embracing full-screen notch displays that was popularised by the iPhone X, Apple is finding itself in need to bring some more radical new changes that will once again set its iPhone apart from the crowd. It is at least a year away but could offer a wow-factor to enhance Apple's current market cap of $854 million. Specifically, a Bloomberg report from earlier in the week claims that Apple has been prototyping a curved iPhone model created to stand out in a smartphone market where devices are becoming harder and harder to tell apart.
Samsung has used the sensors in smartphones to give phone users the ability to control their screens without touching them. Apple's latest iPhones have a feature called 3D Touch that responds differently depending on different finger pressures. Apple is reportedly trying to develop a screen that curves "inward gradually from top to bottom" according to sources close to the situation. The iPhone X's OLED display has a slight curve at the bottom, but it is negligible. Of course, they've never done an inverted curved screen before, but considering Apple's doing it, they may follow suit. Instagram's not alone. Per 9 to 5 Mac, Slack, Whole Foods, eBay, Amazon, and Google Maps also no longer have stand-alone Apple Watch apps as Apple shifts to watchOS 2 and requires that apps be native to that OS. After all, Apple's said to be sourcing most of its OLED technology from the South Korean giant anyway. As Apple analyst Neil Cybart of Above Avalon pointed out in 2016, Apple rarely spends more than $3 billion on research and development in a full year, even four or five years ago. Samsung plans to launch its Wall MicroLED TV this coming August, and LG Display is also expected to unveil a large-screen microLED TV latr this year.