That change required a multi-year switchover program, with Apple developers needing to fully rewrite many programs, and the company shipping an emulator - Rosetta - that could run older code at reduced speeds. During the initial testing, these touchless gesture controls would allow iPhone users to complete "some tasks" without having to tap on the screen, the report states. Assumptions are that Apple may not be ready to mass produce such iPhones for the next two years. However, unlike Samsung's curved edge displays on their flagship smartphones, Apple will pull the curves on the top and bottom. Apple is also working on new screen technology, known as MicroLED, but that's at least three to five years away, Bloomberg News reported last month. Judging by the description of the display, the phone is likely to have a rather large screen and an OLED panel, given that only OLEDs can curve easily.
As stated, both features are in early stages of development and it will be a couple of years before they see the light of day.
The work comes as the California-based smartphone pioneer looks to make its gadgets stand out.
New reports have Apple working on features that aren't found on their competitors' phones. It is the first non-Pro iPad model to feature support for Apple Pencil and is mainly geared toward the education sector, but makes a great, affordable tablet as well, especially considering the Apple Pencil support. In the latest set of rumours coming out of Bloomberg, one states that Apple is exploring using touchless gesture control and curved screens.
It's not just Apple, JB Hi-Fi, Officeworks, Harvey Norman or any of the other usual places where Apple's new 9.7-inch iPad can be purchased, by from a telco on a plan. Now, more than a decade later the company is planning to explore possibilities beyond touching glass screens all the time.