Published: Sat, April 07, 2018
Sci-tech | By Brandy Patterson

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Apple reportedly developing gesture controls, curved screens for iPhones ars_ab.settitle(1287905)

The company has been sharing condensed informational videos on its new products left and right this past year, and the new, 6th-gen iPad with Apple Pencil support is no exception. Co-founder Steve Jobs popularized the mouse in the early 1980s. Apple's latest iPhone models, including iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X, have a 3D Touch feature that responds differently to different finger pressures.

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Apple often moves slowly to adopt new technologies.

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We know that Apple is at least considering this tech based on a patent released in November 2017, which described using the iPhone X's TrueDepth's camera system to recognize hand movements in 3D space. Even iPhone X's screen is slightly curved at the bottom, but it is nearly invisible to human eye. OLED displays are capable of being shaped into curves or even folded, unlike LCD screens, which were used in older iPhones. He predicts Apple will hit the $1 trillion market cap by the end of this year with a potential 350 million iPhone upgrades over the next 18 months. An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment. This is different other smartphones with curved displays, which typically curve outward around the edges. Samsung is already working on a foldable smartphone, while Huawei is seeing increased success in Asia. In other words, it will allow users to navigate iOS just by waving with their hands above the phone. Google's ATAP research group has been working this sort of technology, too, through its Project Soli program. Of course, they've never done an inverted curved screen before, but considering Apple's doing it, they may follow suit.

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With last year's iPhone X, Apple showed off Face ID, facial recognition tech that lets you unlock your phone using your mug. The firm is also reportedly working on a completely new type of screen technology, MicroLED, and may also be developing its own chips to replace the Intel components in its personal computers.

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