SOFTWARE COBBLER Apple's iOS 7 mobile operating system apparently will take a leaf out of Samsung's book with head motion control.
The feature, discovered by an iOS developer who tipped off 9to5Mac, is tucked away in the iOS 7 Accessibility menu, and apparently lets iPhone and iPad users swipe through menus by moving their heads.
According to 9to5Mac, which took the feature for a spin, users can also make left and right head movements act as "a home button, start Siri, open Notification Center, open the App Switcher, decrease volume, increase volume, or simply tap".
However, the website notes that it's quite "tedious" to control the iPhone or iPad this way, because "it cycles through all of the options on the screen, and you move your head when it is bordering around the option you want". Sounds pretty tedious to us.
This feature, unlike the gesture control functions found on Samsung's Galaxy S4 smartphone, is aimed mainly at accessibility users, so you're unlikely to see iPhone users shaking their heads frantically in the street.
Apple will roll out iOS 7 this autumn, with the mobile operating system likely to debut alongside the next generation iPhone. Aside from this newly discovered head control function, the main talking point of iOS 7 has so far been its redesigned interface, with Apple's Jony Ive giving the software a completely reworked, flatter look.
iOS 7 also boasts a quick settings menu accessed by swiping up from the bottom of the screen, card-based multitasking, iRadio, a redesigned Camera interface with Instagram style filters, improved security features and, most importantly, the ability to put Newsstand in a folder.
Check out our iOS 7 interactive guide. µ
We round up the top 10 stories from the past seven days
For when you just can't take another long lunch break
Control your Android TV from an iOS device? Um, no
Somebody call the irony police