Smarter Gesture Controls in Future iPhones and Apple Watches

Take a picture just by aiming your phone camera at something. If this sounds incredible, you need to read this news story. As per the patents filed by Apple, the tech giant is all set to add some handy gesture controls to iPhone and Apple Watch.

Your future iPhones and Apple Watches will be smarter than the current ones as Apple is working on some cool gesture controls for the two devices.

The tech giant is planning to manufacture an iPhone, which can sense your need to take a photo once you aim the iPhone camera at something.

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Apple Patents Reveal Future iPhones & Watches To Be Equipped with Smarter Gesture Controls

Apart from camera gesture, Apple is mulling over other gesture controls as well. The iPhone maker is planning to manufacture an Apple Watch that can be controlled by wrist movements without touching the screen.

This is not the beginning for Apple Watch or iPhone as users have been activating iPhone just by picking up (raise to wake) for a long time.

iPhone Gesture Control


In the abstract of the patent, Apple describes “A method of automatically activating a camera application implemented in a mobile device in locked mode starts with the processor receiving a first signal from an accelerometer.”

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The smart gesture identifies someone’s hand if it comes between the camera and the object, and then the camera app doesn’t open.

One must not expect this feature in Apple’s next iOS 13 rollout as the company has just filed a patent application.

Apple Watch Gesture Control

In a separate patent application filed by Apple, the company discusses a broader scope as the title suggests: INTERACTING WITH AN ELECTRONIC DEVICE THROUGH PHYSICAL MOVEMENT.

The idea behind this gesture is to control your Apple Watch through wrist movements by an on-screen puzzle.

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For example, when you receive a call, your Apple Watch screen will show a series of interconnected tubes and a virtual ball. You can tilt and rotate your wrist to move the ball to one of the tubes. Once you select the end point, your watch will decide if you wish to answer the call or send it to voice mail.

Summing up…

Readers should keep in mind that Apple has proposed these ideas and one should not anticipate these gesture controls in Apple’s next iPhones or smartwatches nor in Apple’s iOS 13 or watchOS 6. However, the patent certainly raises our curiosity to know what other gesture controls Apple is pondering over.

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Jignesh Padhiyar
Jignesh Padhiyar is the co-founder of who has a keen eye for news, rumors and all the unusual stuff that happens around Apple products. During his tight schedule, Jignesh finds some moments of respite to share side-splitting contents on social media.

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