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  • Apple Continues to Probe Haptic Touchscreen Fingertip Feedback


    Now that we can rule out a liquid metal iPhone any time soon, what's the next big revolutionary change coming to a near future iPhone refresh? Today, we're learning more about a futuristic technology that may be closer to implementation in the iPhone than most of us had previously considered.

    Apple continues to express a relentless fascination with touchscreen technology that would make it possible for iPhone owners to do more than just touch the screen of their devices. In addition, they would also be able to receive "feedback through their fingertips" via various textures presented through the haptic touchscreen.

    This week, a freshly uncovered patent application from Apple shows that the iDevice maker is interested in ways of making the iPhone screen offer a variety of tactile sensations. The application, titled "Methods and Systems for Providing Haptic Control," describes a so-called tiered haptic system. The effect, ultimately, would be the ability to present different touch experiences through the stacking of haptic elements.

    Although added sensory attributions likely don't rank too highly on the must-have list of demands by iPhone fanatics (4G LTE connectivity is probably a higher priority), there would be no shortage of valuable and innovative applications for such technology, should it ultimately find a home on the iPhone.

    And only time will tell if that prospect will manifest into reality. The rumor mill and Apple's own patent inventory suggest that it certainly may happen - and soon.

    Source: Apple Insider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Continues to Probe Haptic Touchscreen Fingertip Feedback started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 7 Comments
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Technology is so cool.
    1. Colin9001's Avatar
      Colin9001 -
      They better add some new feautures, instead of just a new processor/camera.

      I want them to make another iPod Touch, so we can also enjoy lots of RAM (tweaks), graphic capabilities, and a more pleasureable experience. Come on Apple, don't forget about us!
    1. iPod's Avatar
      iPod -
      Quote Originally Posted by Colin9001 View Post
      They better add some new feautures, instead of just a new processor/camera.

      I want them to make another iPod Touch, so we can also enjoy lots of RAM (tweaks), graphic capabilities, and a more pleasureable experience. Come on Apple, don't forget about us!
      +1
      Also, didn't the blackberry storm have some kind of touchscreen similar to this?
    1. TheExtra404's Avatar
      TheExtra404 -
      yep, all i want is more ram, better processor and LTE, see all i have is the iphone 4. Did not get the 4s.
    1. bigliquid530's Avatar
      bigliquid530 -
      Give me a bigger screen also
    1. dimpoblimpo's Avatar
      dimpoblimpo -
      Quote Originally Posted by ipodtouchman77 View Post
      +1
      Also, didn't the blackberry storm have some kind of touchscreen similar to this?
      Yeah it did, it was really strange...
    1. bigboyz's Avatar
      bigboyz -
      It will be revamped..they have yet to make more than two phones generations look the same. The internal hardware is also always upgraded ala 3G to 3GS and 4G to 4S. Just excited as to what they have under their sleeves..excited!!