Apple reportedly working on iPhone touchless gesture controls

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Back in November, the USA's trademark office published quite a surprising Apple patent application. That phone, however, wasn't very well received and LG didn't pursue the idea much further (it did launch a successor, though, the LG G Flex 2), probably partly due to the fact that the curvy screen had no real goal.

If you updated your Apple Watch to version 39.0 on iPhone you may have noticed that your Instagram app disappeared.

A Google unit is also moving forward with a similar technology codenamed "Project Soli".

Flat phones could be replaced by bendy blowers in the next few years2. This feature can help users determine whether their iPhone's battery is failing.

Apple is reportedly on several cutting edge features for the next models of the iPhone. 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.

It works by using lasers to create a high-quality 3D scan of your face.

By tracking the position of your eyes using sensors, it's possible to move on-screen objects around to make them appear three-dimensional. Now according to some reports, Apple is working on new touchless controls for its upcoming iPhones. Samsung, which is Apple's competitor, curves its flagship Galaxy phones horizontally.

The feature shares similarities with the Air Gestures capability that Samsung Electronics Co.

If you have an iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus or iPhone X you're unlikely to see anything other than the top screen for a considerable amount of time.

In the meantime, Apple plans to launch three new iPhones this year - one LCD and two OLED models. Similarly, the new touchless gesture will also take into account the distance of fingers from the screen to add some new and high-tech elements to the technology. It is at least a year away but could offer a wow-factor to enhance Apple's current market cap of $854 million.

We suppose gesture control could be handy for any virtual or augmented reality headsets Apple may be working on with the idea that a future iPhone will act as the brains of the system.

What's your zaniest prediction for Apple's next iPhone?

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