Apple Uses Its Head With New iOS 7 Gesture Controls

facial expressionsIt turns out that Samsung (SSNLF.PK) isn’t the only smartphone maker to incorporate gesture controls into its mobile devices. Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) new iOS 7 beta includes controls that are similar to Samsung’s Air Gestures feature.

However, unlike Samsung’s hand-based gesture controls, Apple’s iOS 7 reads users’ head gestures. Some commentators have criticized the Galaxy S4’s Air Gestures as a “gimmicky” feature since it still requires users to wave their hands close to the screen in much the same way that they would use a touchscreen.

On the other hand, Apple’s head-gesture-based controls appear to be solely intended as an accessibility feature for users who can’t otherwise access their iPhones. The feature is found in iOS 7’s accessibility settings under “Switch Control.”