Apple will claim it invented the curved screen soon

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Apple is actively working on curved screens and touchless gesture controls for iPhones, according to a new Bloomberg report this morning.

The new report however says this technology likely won't be ready for prime time for at least another two years.

In contrast, Samsung's recent flagship phones have been equipped with displays that curve downwards on the left and right side to create the impression of a display with no edge. In order to install a curved display, OLED or MicroLED technology is required.

Apple is by no means the first company to consider curved screens or touchless gestures. Such an input has never been precise, but it should indeed be good enough for detecting gestures.

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But Apple's feature will reportedly be baked into the iPhone's screen rather than through a separate sensor or via a motion sensor in the phone's border. The gestures wouldn't need to be close to the screen like how Apple is developing its gesture feature. Citing "people familiar with the matter" Bloomberg adds that this particular tech would take in to account the proximity of your fingers to the display. Still, other companies have implemented similar features in the past. In fact, at least one of them could be at least two years away from shipping.

Just like the gesture controls, the curved screen iPhone is still in development and might not ever see the light of day. Samsung is already working on a foldable smartphone, while Huawei is seeing increased success in Asia. Apple is expected to release a 6.5-inch iPhone with an OLED screen and a new, lower-cost LCD model.

iOS 11.4 beta also includes ClassKit, Apple's latest framework for developers to build education apps to support the new Schoolwork iPad app, which lets teachers assign specific assignments within apps.

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