Apple is reportedly in the early stages of developing two features for future iPhones: touchless gesture controls and curved screens.
According to a new report from Mark Gurman over at Bloomberg, both projects are said to be at the early stages of research and development, at least two years away from potentially making it into consumer devices.
According to “people familiar with the matter,” the touchless control feature is described as a hover-like gesture system that would let future iPhone owners navigate iOS “by moving their finger close to the screen without actually tapping it.”
This technology would be advanced enough to take into account the proximity of a finger to the screen and is predicted to still be around two years away if Apple chooses to move forward with it.
Apple is also working on iPhone display that curves inward “gradually from top to bottom,” reads the report, unlike Samsung’s smartphones that curve down and away at the edges of the screen. Gurman’s sources said that this major iPhone upgrade is around two to three years away.
According to the report, both features are in the “early research and development stage,” and it’s possible Apple could nix them completely. Other rumors for the next two years include the possibility of a folding iPhone, which analysts have suggested could be ready by 2020.