A new Bloomberg report this morning suggests that Apple is developing two new pieces of technology for future iPhone models: one is gesture control without contact and the other is a curved screen. It is said that both projects are in the early stages of research and development, at least two years from potentially becoming consumer devices.
Apple's closest rival, Samsung, has already offered versions of both technologies in their previous models. Air Gestures on the Galaxy S4 allowed users to navigate between photos or scroll through a web page by simply sliding their finger over the phone, while Air View would work similarly to Apple's 3D Touch, exposing additional information by swiping over an activated area. Samsung Galaxy S flagship phones have had curved screen sides for years, although the Bloomberg report indicates that the curved screen of Apple's iPhone will "curve inward gradually from top to bottom."
Scrolling gestures have been a popular topic of experimentation among technology companies, and Microsoft also worked on its implementation for its nefarious Windows Phone platform. Telephone gestures similar to those of Microsoft's Kinect showed great promise for the idea, although a coherent and convincing use of floating touch interactions in a retail device has not yet been demonstrated. That leaves ample space for Apple to do what it usually does, which is to arrive late to an idea, but popularize it through a better and smarter integration in its user experience in general.