New iPhones may have curved screens and touchless controls

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Apple didn't respond to a request for comment Wednesday. That's different from most of the latest smartphones - like Samsung - whose screen curve down at the edges. "So far, every iPhone model has used a flat display". For those unaware, the OLED screen of the iPhone X also bends inward from the bottom but is not visible to the human eye. The new OLED iPhones scheduled for debut in September are likely to use the multi-FPCB for the touch-screen panel, largely due to price and production benefits. The only catch with the new features is that they won't be available for at least two years, according to Bloomberg.

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Both this and the curved screens are now in the early research and development phase at Apple, and thus it's not a given that either or both of them will actually make it to shipping products. The Galaxy S4, for example, allowed you to swipe through photos, scroll pages and answer calles by simply swiping or waving in the air above the display.

And when Apple redefines markets, he adds, it usually benefits more than others - especially among consumers willing to pay a premium.

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Apple is staying ahead of the curve by introducing features not found in competitors' models.

The iPhone maker had designed a smartphone concept with a foldable screen. The touchless control feature essentially works as it sounds - allowing you to perform tasks without actually touching the iPhone's display. Apple's design would require gestures to be closer to the screen than with Project Soli, the person familiar with the situation said. What makes Apple's approach to the technology different is the fact that the tech giant would rely on sensitivity built into the display, rather than an external camera.

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Apple's iOS 11.4 beta might be tempting, but most iPhone and iPad users are better off staying put on an official version of iOS 11. Apple is also working on new screen technology, called MicroLED, but that's around three to five years away.