Apple still working on haptic feedback for iOS devices

By , May 3, 2012

Remember the last-minute rumor that Apple was going to integrate Senseg’s haptic feedback into its third-generation iPad? The theory, which surfaced just hours before Apple’s iPad event, never materialized. But that doesn’t mean it won’t happen.

9to5Mac points to a new patent application from the Cupertino company, discovered by PatentlyApple, regarding haptic feedback. The filing covers a technology that is described as a “wildly intelligent multi-tiered haptics system…”

“today’s surprise invention packs a punch with a wildly intelligent multi-tiered haptics system. The system will actually allow an iDevice display to deform so that it could provide the user with a button, an arrow or even a geological map to physically pop right out of the screen to give it 3D depth. If that wasn’t cool enough, Apple’s patent discusses a flexible OLED display that could be used for video glasses.”

Combine this with the number of other haptic-related filings we’ve seen over the years, and you have to assume that Apple is still very interested in the touch-feedback technology. And by the looks of things, it’s not the typical ‘vibrating’ sensation you see on other handsets.

What do you think, do you want haptic feedback (however awesome) on your iOS devices? Or is it a lost cause?

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  • Kok Hean

    That’s extremely creepy.

  • Lupius

    As someone who heavily criticized the lack of haptic feedback on the iPhone back in 2008, I’d have to say there’s been a paradigm shift in user experience, and Apple is wasting resources on an outdated feature.

    • Anonymous

      lol i agree but if apple does decide to go with it we’ll be the first & have something new that samsung will want to steal. sheep4life!

  • http://twitter.com/RECON1_ [RΞCØИ1]

    “a flexible OLED display that could be used for video glasses.” O_o Are we going to have a Transformer phone in the future?