What will be ur reaction, if I say ” Now you can operate your smartphone without Touch”.
3D Touch came in existence with the iPhone 6s series, and became very popular. More over this was Apple’s Trump card over Android Smartphones, specially Samsung.
But now, Apple is going to the next level, according to a patent filed by the company in March 2015, you will not need to touch your phone to control it, instead It would use the photo-diodes in the Display coupled with proximity sensing to detect hovering gestures.
The fact is we are not talking non-sense here, These are based on the facts that this Technology does exist and works well. ( ( Do you remember Moto 360 where-in you can simply dim the screen, just put your palm completely over the screen until it vibrates.)
It seems, the sensors within the LCD display may work with the proximity sensors around the phone as well as to combine and determine when a finger, or your palm, is hovering over the screen of the phone.
From here, it could narrow down to where you want to interact and mean you can get functionality without even tapping a button.
The possibilities with this technology are enormous. It will allow you to control the screen, offer a new input for gaming and it would likely even mean the phone can lose the IR proximity sensor it uses to detect your head when on a phone call.
It’s a common practice that we put finger over the phones display when reading or looking for which app to open next. That may not be possible with this new technology. 3D Touch had a similar problem when it first launched as people were not used to the feature showing up after a long press.
With the new technology, you may be able to scroll with gestures. ( Just think How Samsung Smart TV and Gaming works. These days you can play the games without touching the controller. )
As the patent was filed only in early 2015, most likely this new feature will not come along the new iPhone 7, which is most likely to launch in September this year. However, it might be ready for the iPhone 7S or iPhone 8 in the next few years. And that’s only if Apple sees that this feature could be added without any difficulties and would not be cumbersome for the user.