With a recent analyst report proposing the iPhone 5 will be introduced to the market in the third quarter of this year, most of the rumours have been focused on its hardware; the next generation iPhone is thought to feature a 4 inch display, a thinner body, an improved battery, and a quad-mode Qualcomm chip bringing 4G LTE support.
However, a recent report from Product Reviews proposes the iPhone 5 could include a 3D interface utilising motion control sensors, rather than being simply touchscreen centred.
This would mean features such as FaceUnlock coming to the iPhone 5; this is found on the latest Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS, and was also recently brought to jailbroken iOS deivces with the RecognizeMe app.
An Apple owned patent, "Sensor Based Display Environment", is also a pointer that the decision makers from Cupertino headquarters are planning integrating a 3D UI into its devices.
The patent filed by Apple lets users escape the touchscreen addiction, with a combination of sensors allowing the user to navigate the interface without touching the iPhone's screen.
It has also been widely reported that the upcoming Apple TV may also use gesture control (as well as voice) in a radical new user interface.