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Touchless gestures are also apparently on their way to an iPhone near you, and they could be implemented in two years at the earliest.

Whether either of these features ever gets implemented into a single iPhone remains a mystery, so for now, all we can do is speculate.

Apple often moves slowly to adopt new technologies. Instead of having a display that curves to both sides, like the Infinity Displays on Samsung's recent Galaxy S and Note smartphones, Apple's curved display will span from the top to the bottom.

Apple didn't respond to a request for comment Wednesday.

The innovative tech is thought to be advanced enough to sense your finger's proximity to the iPhone screen. On the contrary, Samsung's smartphone displays curve down at the edges. If the rumors are anything to go by, Apple will announce the brand new iPad Pro, featuring the key features and design of the company's current flagship handset, the iPhone X, at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2018 this June.

Samsung launched a feature called Air Gestures several years ago that lets users accept calls and flip through web pages by waving their hand across the top of the phone. Potentially, this might be meant to serve a similar objective as the 3D Touch feature that Apple has been including in iPhones since 2015.

Google's Project Soli also boasts similar tech, this time integrating a sensor and antenna into a micro-chip that uses radar to detect touchless motions.

Gesture control may end up being akin to 3D Touch, Apple's way of using a display's pressure sensitivity to allow users to retrieve information and complete tasks on its devices.

The features could help Apple differentiate itself in a crowded market where phones generally look the same. A larger 6.5-inch iPhone will carry an OLED display.