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Bloomberg: Apple is working on iPhones with designs and features like nothing we’ve ever seen

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Apple’s tenth-anniversary iPhone X marked the first big redesign on the company’s smartphones since 2014, when Apple finally relented and released an iPhone “phablet” with a significantly larger display. Earlier iPhone models all had screens that measured between 3.5 inches and 4 inches diagonally, even as customers clamored for an iPhone with a bigger screen. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus would end up flying off of store shelves as a result of the pent-up demand for bigger iPhones, and their sales record would still stand today if Apple’s holiday quarter the following year didn’t include an extra week.

But the iPhone X redesign was far more substantial than the iPhone 6 and even the iPhone 6 Plus phablet. The handset’s iconic home button was completely removed so that the phone could adopt an “all-screen” design, and some fancy internal engineering allowed Apple to extend the display almost all the way to the bottom of the phone. Touch ID fingerprint authentication, which had become a staple that was copied by every other smartphone maker in the world, was also removed and replaced by a new 3D facial recognition system called Face ID.

The iPhone X was indeed a bold reimagining of the iPhone, and it looks like Apple has no plans to stop there. According to a new report, Apple is working on new iPhone designs and new features that are unlike anything we’ve ever seen before from Apple.

Bloomberg on Wednesday issued a new report that may offer some insights into Apple’s plans for the iPhone of the future. We’re not talking about the distant future here, but rather a few years from now. The site has a good track record when it comes to Apple’s unannounced plans, so this may indeed be our first taste of things to come from the most successful consumer tech company in the world.

According to the report, Apple is working on both new designs and new features for its iPhone lineup that are unlike anything we’ve seen before from the Cupertino, California-based company. Bloomberg says Apple is internally developing “touchless gesture control” features that would let an iPhone user “perform some tasks by moving [his or her] finger close to the screen without actually tapping it.”

It’s unclear what exactly would be gained by moving one’s finger in front of the screen rather than tapping it. Apple does have several patents on glasses-free 3D display technology, however, and the company has also been researching various holographic display features. It’s possible that these touchless gestures could be tied to one of those solutions, though Bloomberg’s report makes no mention of holographic displays or glasses-free 3D images. The report does cite one unnamed source as indicating that this technology won’t make its way into Apple’s iPhone lineup for “at least two years,” if at all, so we’ll undoubtedly learn more about it soon.

On the design front, the report claims that Apple is working on curved screens for future iPhone models. Again citing just one anonymous source, Bloomberg says Apple is “developing iPhone displays that curve inward gradually from top to bottom.” This is a curious claim for a few reasons, but the biggest is the claim that Apple is considering the move “to differentiate design in crowded marketplace.” Apple is not a company that has been known to do things just to differentiate its products from competitive offerings.

On top of that, phones with screens that “curve inward gradually from top to bottom” are nothing new. LG released two different smartphones with that exact design, but then abandoned the “G Flex” line due to a lack of interest from consumers.

The only way we could see this rumor making sense is if the curvature of the phone serves an important purpose. For example, if Apple is indeed working on touchless gesture control, a slight curve could help Apple better position cameras and sensors in order to detect movements close to the screen. This is just speculation on our part, however.

Bloomberg notes that the new curved iPhone design and Apple’s supposed touchless gestures are “still in the early research and development stage and Apple could choose to not go forward with the enhancements.”

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Bloomberg: Apple considering future iPhone models with ‘hover’ gestures and curved screens

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Apple is considering future iPhone models with some drastic changes in design. The Bloomberg report details two major differences to current iPhone lineup, although it sounds like the projects are tentative and experimental; at the very least these features are still years away from shipping.

The report says Apple is testing an iPhone display that can detect gestures from fingers without actually touching the screen, almost like ‘hovering’ over a UI element.

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Editorial: Bloomberg spins Apple’s Event as a desperate, blind stab for cheap iPads in education

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Bloomberg: Apple to unveil low-cost iPad and education apps next week

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Bloomberg: Apple is building its own micro-LED displays at a secret plant in California

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Bloomberg Narrows Down Potential Locations for Apple’s Upcoming U.S. Campus

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Earlier in January, Apple detailed a series of plans to to bolster the U.S. economy, which included the confirmation of its fourth campus based in the United States. At the time, the company said its new campus will “initially house technical support for customers” and that it won’t be located in California or Texas, but no other hints regarding its location were given.

Today, Bloomberg posted a new piece theorizing potential locations for Apple’s fourth campus in an attempt to predict where Apple might end up. In partnership with Moody’s Analytics, Bloomberg was provided with data regarding the top 15 U.S. cities for tax incentives and a local business environment, top 15 cities for workforce education and human capital, and top 15 cities for public transport.

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This information was cross-referenced with known data including current Apple headquarters, call centers, data centers, repair centers, smaller corporate offices, and major parts suppliers, to result in areas of the country that Apple could be interested in. Bloomberg ultimately hypothesized that Apple “seems likely” to end up in one of three areas: the northeast, potentially in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts or upstate New York; the southeast, in North Carolina or Florida; or Midwest, in Illinois or Wisconsin.

When you consider all these factors, Apple seems likely to choose among northeastern states such as Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and upstate New York; North Carolina and Florida in the southeast; and Midwestern states like Illinois and Wisconsin. The East Coast has one obvious advantage: the ability to provide customer support before existing call centers in Texas and California open for the day, as well as its proximity to hundreds of suppliers. The company could also consider the northwest, where it has a couple of offices, including an R&D center for cloud services in Seattle, and several suppliers.

In regards to Moody’s top 15 cities data, Bloomberg argued that these statistics will be the main criteria Apple looks at when planning its fourth campus. These cities could provide Apple with incentives in exchange for its investment, a talented workforce that emphasizes bachelor’s degrees instead of advanced engineering degrees (“which arguably fit better with Apple’s plans to recruit technical support people, rather than those working on products and operations”), and available commuting options for employees, including a nearby airport for those flying in from other offices.

As the company makes plans for its latest campus, this month it has also named Kristina Raspe as its new vice president of global real estate and facilities. On her LinkedIn page, Raspe said that she’s responsible for a variety of the company’s real estate assets, including corporate and data center construction.

Cities that have already expressed interest in becoming the home of Apple’s fourth U.S. campus include Sidney, Nebraska and Orlando, Florida, but Apple said back in January that it won’t confirm the location until later in 2018.

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Bloomberg says Apple will launch its gigantic iPhone X Plus this year

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Earlier today, we got a look at some leaked photos of the screen for a 6.5-inch iPhone with that infamous notch, reportedly some kind of iPhone X Plus. Bloomberg‘s Mark Gurman, notorious for his ability to get insider info, wasted no time in confirming that an iPhone X Plus is coming later this year, but it’s going to be just one of three new iPhones in 2018.

According to Gurman, the three new iPhones coming this year will include “the largest iPhone ever, an upgraded handset the same size as the current iPhone X and a less expensive model with some of the flagship phone’s key features.”

The iPhone X Plus will apparently have a 6.5-inch screen, bigger than any iPhone currently, and even bigger than most phablet-sized devices. But according to Gurman, the screen will fit into a device with the same physical footprint as the iPhone 8 Plus, achieving the space savings by ditching the home button and using an edge-to-edge display, just like the iPhone X.

Bloomberg reports that all three iPhones will feature a TrueDepth camera for Face ID, meaning the notch is going to become truly ubiquitous. The iPhone X Plus may also have a dual-SIM option, which reflects the fact that Apple’s target market for the larger phone would be Asia. Large phablet-style devices like the Galaxy Note series have historically been most popular in South Korea and Japan, which are also two markets where dual-SIM phones are more common.

The cheapest iPhone, on the other hand, will mimic most of the features of the iPhone X in a more affordable way. Gurman reports it will have an edge-to-edge screen and Face ID unlocking, but the screen will be LCD, rather than the more expensive OLED. A gold color is reportedly being considered for the iPhone X and iPhone X Plus models.

Releasing three new phones indicates that Apple might be rationalizing its current jumble of iPhones to a more simplified offering with clearer choices. Currently, the iPhone X, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone 8 co-exist without clearly defined roles; if Apple releases three new devices in distinct categories, things should become much simpler for customers.

A cheaper version of the iPhone X, which would hopefully come in around the traditional $ 700 iPhone price, would also help Apple drive volume sales of the iPhone this year. Although the iPhone X hasn’t been a sales failure for Apple, the high price has seen Apple’s volume of iPhone sales slightly lower than expected. Putting the most appealing features of the iPhone X, like the screen and Face ID, into a cheaper body would give Apple a good baseline device to compete with the Galaxy S9 and any other Android devices released this year.

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