legal battle with Samsung revealed that Apple prototyped a number of varying iPhone designs before deciding on a final form factor.
The other part of the report also isn't entirely new - we've heard rumors about the iPhone with a curved screen for years.
The company is also researching on various holographic display features.
The analyst note of Merill Lynch mirrors a Korean report from the previous year, claiming that Apple is working with OLED division of LG for supplying foldable screens for a forthcoming iPhone. Though it's unclear yet what would be gained by hovering the finger and not touching the screen. While 3D Touch responds differently based on the pressure applied on the display, the new air gesture feature would work according to the proximity of a finger to the screen, a person with knowledge on the matter said.
Apple is busy adding two new technologies to its repertoire.
As of right now, the Cupertino, California technology company is in the initial stages of trying to develop these new concepts. Years back, Samsung came up with a similar feature called Air Gesture in its top-end smartphones. 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.
Moreover, Apple is also working on a new display that will replace current OLED display. That's different than the latest Samsung smartphone screens, which curve down at the edges.
As for Apple's curved screen iPhone, it would have a curve that ran from top to bottom. Assumptions are that Apple may not be ready to mass produce such iPhones for the next two years. If it's worth anything, though, my best guess would be us seeing the curved screen first. At that price, we're talking just under 3x the estimated cost (IHS) of the display for the iPhone X.
The company says that it is working on a maintenance release which will accept the incorrect response and fix the problem pending an iOS bug fix by Apple.