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Mentioned as a side-note in today’s Nikkei report about Apple ostensibly switching to a three-year upgrade cycle for the iPhone is a brief mention of a supposed iPhone 7 enhancement that we haven’t seen detailed in prior reports and rumors: a “high-performance motor” that should enable richer tactile vibrations throughout the system.

The story is referring to an improved version of Apple’s Taptic Engine, which first appeared inside the Apple Watch before making its way inside the iPhone 6s.

The iPhone 7 “will be able to create more complex tactile vibrations on the display because of a tiny, but high-performance motor equipped inside,” reads the news report.

A richer haptic feedback should bring new tactile vibrations to the experience that would come particularly in handy were Apple to introduce new 3D Touch interactions.

Image: Taptic Engine inside iPhone 6s.

Source: Nikkei

  • Valinor

    I really wonder what Tim Cook is gonna say at the Iphone 7 keynote. I only see small upgrades, theres nothing to talk about.
    I guess he’ll be using the “its really amazing/incredible/awesome” sentence even more.

    • Rowan09

      What’s a huge upgrade in smart phones today?

      • Valinor

        Well for Apple? We’re talking about the iphone 7.
        – Screen Resolution upgrade to fullhd or quad hd. (But fullhd will be good enough so lets start there)
        – Better rear camera, especially low-light photos.
        – OIS for the rear camera. Wait lets do it also for the front camera, We live in a selfie world. Also there are devices that are implementing it allready.
        – even better front camera, so OIS, 8mp and better evening photos also?
        – Allowing third party apps to use NFC. I understand if Apple doesnt want payment apps like banks using the NFC. But here, if you have a samsung phone with nfc, you can use it for public transport to check in and out. Also handy for some wireless speakers.
        – slimmer bezels top and bottom of the phone. You can shave off 1cm easily from the top.
        – Even better visibility in the sun
        – Making the phone water and dust resistant
        – Very Fast charging. (Maybe wireless charging, but lets do fast charging first)

        These are all huge upgrades from the current generation Iphone.

      • Rowan09

        Can you please explain what’s dust resistant? I agree they need a fast charging system and wireless if they get rid of the headphone jack. Pretty good list which basically makes it a Plus device for the most part.

  • Dao Sasone

    Sounds like only ladies would benefit from this upgrade.