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Apple is said to be working on some brand new designs for future iPhones by adding touchless controls and curved screens, according to a report from Bloomberg. Years back, Samsung came up with a similar feature called Air Gesture in its top-end smartphones. Even Apple's new iPhone X, which introduced new facial recognition technology and a almost all-screen front, failed to universally impress reviewers. It is expected to be available to consumers in at least two years. The iPhone X's OLED screen curves slightly at the bottom, but the shape is hard to detect.

Apparently, Apple is going to achieve another milestone by letting its users to interact with their phones without tapping them. iPhone users will just need to make some gestures to perform certain tasks. 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.

Further, Apple is also reportedly developing iPhone displays that "curve inward gradually from top to bottom". LG G-Flex, launched in 2013, was the first smartphone with "self-healing" flexible display. Sources also stated the technology is still in its nascent stages and Apple can still decide to shelve the project. 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.

If you updated your Apple Watch to version 39.0 on iPhone you may have noticed that your Instagram app disappeared. Besides what has been mentioned above, a separate report from Bloomberg last month revealed that Apple is also working on microLED screens in a secret manufacturing facility near California. It is said that these new technologies are still in the development phase and will take roughly two years before we start seeing them in Apple devices.

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