Rumor: New haptic feedback touchscreen bound for the iPad 3

By , Mar 7, 2012

Is this the real secret of the iPad 3 invite? According to a report by The Next Web’s Matthew Panzarino, Apple could be cooking up something incredible for the iPad 3.

That incredible secret — one that has ironically been sitting under everyone’s nose the entire time — is a special touch feedback technology that was first revealed where? Yep, Cupertino, California.

Panzarino reasons that while the currently existing haptic feedback technology employed by Android products and the like are pretty uninspiring, this new technology could permanently change how we expect to interact with touch screen devices

Imagine being able to discern the difference between the feeling of sandpaper as opposed to wood; or an ice cube as opposed to grass; not just meaningly vibrations, but really being able to tell the difference between these textures using nothing but touch. Sounds amazing, right? Well Apple could very well have something like that in store.

A company by the name of Senseg — who ironically (or perhaps not so ironically in hindsight) unveiled their first piece of tech in Apple’s back yard — has developed such technology, and it’s apparently ready for prime time according to a video demonstration.

The important thing to remember here is that Seneg’s tech requires no screen mods and no moving parts, which sounds very Apple-esque. It utilizes electrostatic attractive force between the finger and the screen, which gives a sensory perception of various textures. There is no movement, it’s altering the friction between the user’s finger and the screen. Amazing.

This totally explains Apple’s “…And touch.” comment on the iPad 3 event invitations that went out last week. Everyone’s seen and knows how great a Retina display will be, but I think it’s safe to say that no one’s completely grasped the implications of such touch screen technology on a consumer device. This could be a game changer, folks.

I highly recommend you head over to The Next Web to take in the whole story, as they offer a pretty compelling argument as to why this feature may make the cut for today’s unveiling.

What do you think?

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  • http://www.facebook.com/Dennispr Dennis G Hernandez

    this sound amazing and maybe even a game changer for apple to keep the iPad ahead of the competition. Lets just wait we just have a few more hours to go!!!

  • Anonymous

    Finally a new rumor :) Keep it up :)

  • JeanMarc Hanemann

    Can’t wait

  • http://twitter.com/klouud Timothy Polumbo

    This is really neat… But thats about it. How’s about we reinforce the basics like: more RAM, larger flash storage, more processing power, and longer battery life. I could really care less about this feedback thing. Its cool… But not practical. We need tablets to be practical laptop replacements. We dont need more toy like features, we need more power under the hood and 3rd party support. Hopefully we will see that with the release of MS Office for ipad. Im already excited about photoshop for ipad.

    • Anonymous

      Apple is never about specs, but how good quality, aesthetics and ease of use their products offer to consumers. Sure now all tablets have great screens with all sort of ports. But apple can change the game by using this new display cause it will be not only a great way to help folks with disabilities but also a new way to feel your tablet.

      • http://twitter.com/klouud Timothy Polumbo

        Im an aplple fan. But i stick by my opinion. This is just a gimmick.

  • Anonymous

    I think at this point it’s best to wait and be amazed… even a simple quad core iPad would make me happy, Retina Screen or no Retina Screen. This just makes it even better (if true).

  • http://twitter.com/vantheman169 vantheman420

    OMG THIS WOULD BE AMAZING, this plus RETINA yup i am buying it! Cannot wait for the announcement!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/FootstepsOfTobi Justine Tobi Dayao

    RETINA + HAPTIC = SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!!!

  • Anonymous

    Wow this is neat.

  • http://twitter.com/aineelGD Ronald Aineel Nocum

    would be a good one. It’s ideal for reading books. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/cngaunt Chris Gaunt

    Sounds too good to be true. Or that good. I hope it is though, would be a massive game changer.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lvenarotti Lucas Venarotti

    I´m really worried that if the iPad came with this feature, it could take a lot of power consumption given that it says it use some kind of static charge and stuff :S. Who knows?

    • http://twitter.com/GtotheFO G

      I’m sure Apple takes all the processing requirements of its (potential) features into consideration

  • http://twitter.com/GtotheFO G

    Sounds WAY too good to be true so I’ll just keep my fingers crossed for this to be featured on the 4

  • Anonymous

    does this mean braille is coming to touch screens? are we in the future????

    • http://www.youtube.com/myjailbreakmovies/ Jeff Benjamin

      Didn’t think of that, seems amazing for the visually impaired. Let’s hope this happens sooner than later.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Richard-Holloway/1343839184 Richard Holloway

        It could be really useful for the blind, and not just for braille. Braille displays already exist to read braille with movable pins. They are expensive and surely an alternative would be welcome, but what is really lacking is a tactile interface for shapes, textures, graphics, etc.

        Those who think this is just a toy and useless, please know how much this could mean for the blind and visually impaired before you try and make it go away.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stephen.m.simon Stephen Michael Simon

    So was this true or not? I never saw anything about it today in the release notes.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QLAXP2EUH52BYK56WVFQZSWY6E CarlyB

    The blind community is *very* intrigued!