iPhone 7 rumored to switch back to using glass-on-glass screen technology

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 2, 2015

Unhappy with the in-cell screen process used in production of iPhone displays which is plagued with lower touch sensitivity on screen edges, Apple is reportedly considering a return to glass-on-glass (G/G) touchscreen panels for an ‘iPhone 7,’ a technology it ditched with the release of the iPhone 5 in the fall of 2012.

According to a somewhat sketchy report published Wednesday by DigiTimes, Apple is currently sampling glass-on-glass touch samples for 2016 iPhones.

If true, the iPhone 7—or whatever a 2016 iPhone ends up being named—will feature better touch accuracy, improved Multi-Touch performance and better touch detection on screen edges. In addition, glass-on-glass technology would permit the company to develop a bezel-free iPhone and support 4K resolutions. Read More


NoKeyPop: remove the keyboard pop-up animation when typing

By Jeff Benjamin on Apr 7, 2015

Since touch screen keyboards lack the movement of physical keyboards, software keyboards use other tricks to help you to see how your touches interact with the on screen keyboard. One of the tricks often employed is the simple keyboard animation. Animations, combined with haptic feedback and sound, can provide enough sense of touch that typing is made easier

But what if you removed the keyboard animations altogether? What would the typing experience be like then? NoKeyPop is a jailbreak tweak that lets you do just that… Read More


iPad and iPad mini found to have most responsive tablet touchscreens

By Cody Lee on Oct 8, 2013

Apple’s iPad mini has the most responsive tablet touchscreen, according to some new tests by Agawi. The app-streaming company recently ran it and several other slates through its rigorous TouchMark benchmark to measure the field.

The mini registered a 75ms delay on the latency test, coming in just 6ms ahead of the iPad 4, which posted an 81ms lag. And the rest of the competition was pretty far behind, with the Surface RT at 95ms and the Kindle Fire HD at 114… Read More


Supply of touch sensitive coating used on iPhones is dwindling

By Cody Lee on Jul 12, 2013

Bad news for smartphone and tablet makers. It seems that the coating used to make devices like the iPhone touch sensitive is beginning to run scarce, and could completely disappear from the planet within the next decade or so.

The transparent material is called indium tin oxide, and it’s used to sense when a finger makes contact with a smartphone’s display. And apparently the situation is so bad that industry experts are rushing to find an alternative… Read More


iPad 5 to use same thin-film touchscreen tech as iPad mini

By Cody Lee on Jan 31, 2013

Although reports regarding Apple’s next-generation tablet can’t seem to settle on a release date, they do seem to agree about most everything else. The iPad 5 is said to sport an all-new, mini-like design with smaller bezels and a much thinner profile.

Of course, this raises the question: how does Apple plan to make the tablet thinner while keeping its Retina display and 10-hour battery life? Well for starters, it’s reportedly going to use the same thin-film touchscreen tech found in the iPad mini… Read More


CES 2013: Canopy’s Sensus case adds touch controls to the back of your iPhone

By Cody Lee on Jan 7, 2013

As CES marches on, it’s getting tougher and tougher to keep up with all of the different iOS accessory announcements. But we’re trying. Earlier today we saw the Hapifork from Hapilabs, and Griffin’s PowerDock, and now we’ve got an interesting case to show you.

The Sensus iPhone case, from Canopy, is very unique in that it has a 10-point touch sensor across the back, and built into the sides of it. This enables users to interact with applications and perform other tasks without actually touching the handset’s display… Read More


Does the iPhone 5 have a touchscreen bug?

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 9, 2012

Both Apple’s iPhone 5 and the latest fifth-generation iPod touch exhibit an unusual problem affecting how the devices handle touch input events. As noted by game developer CMA Megacorp, if you slide your finger back and forth across the display rapidly, input events drop out or stop altogether. Worse, the issue also affects scrolling and swipes and is exacerbated by scrolling diagonally. While many people never use rapid swiping motions to operate their device, games like Fruit Ninja rely on moving one’s finger across the touchscreen in a rapid succession… Read More


Apple still working on haptic feedback for iOS devices

By Cody Lee on 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…” Read More


Rumor: Apple could use in-cell touch panels for thinner, lighter future iPhones

By Cody Lee on Apr 20, 2012

DigiTimes is out with a new report today claiming that it has learned that Apple is looking to adopt in-cell touch panels for future iPhones — possibly even this year’s model. As usual, the information in the report is attributed to supply chain chatter.

Why is this a big deal? Well, if it’s true, it could make future iPhones significantly thinner. Unlike on-cell panels, which Apple uses in its current handsets, in-cell panels combine touch sensors and color filters into one layer, making the touch panel much thinner… Read More


Rumor: New haptic feedback touchscreen bound for the iPad 3

By Jeff Benjamin on 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 devicesRead More


Conductive Gloves to Help You Operate Your iPhone in Freezing Tempertures

By Cody Lee on Jan 30, 2012

iPhone accessories aren’t just limited to cases and screen protectors — they go way beyond that. The multi-billion dollar industry consists of products ranging from speaker docks to styli, and everything in between.

Even these new conductive mittens from Mujjo fall into the category. The gloves are knitted with a fabric filled with silver-coated nylon fibers, making them compatible with most common touchscreen-enabled devices… Read More


Amazon’s Future Tablet Will Support 8 Less Fingers Than the iPad

By Alex Heath on Jul 27, 2011

We recently told you about Amazon’s upcoming consumer tablet that’s set to release later this year. The rumored device is expected to be a revolutionary upgrade to the current Kindle, and it will most likely be marketed to compete directly with Apple’s iPad.

Amazon has its own music, movies, books, and online retail infrastructure to go head-to-head with Apple, but what it apparently won’t have is similar multi-touch support. While the iPad’s touchscreen display supports 10-finger gestures, Amazon’s tablet will only support 2-finger gestures… Read More


iOS 5 Running On a 21-Inch Touchscreen

By Alex Heath on Jun 21, 2011

We’ve showed you tons of new features in iOS 5, but we’ve yet to show you what iOS 5 looks like on something slightly bigger than the iPad. Thanks to the iOS Simulator, you can now see what iOS 5 looks like on a 21-inch touchscreen display! Read More


Sticky Buttons Make Your iPhone Touchscreen a Better Control Pad

By Sébastien Page on Nov 7, 2010

No doubt the iPhone is a great gaming device, however, one big problem I have with it is when playing games that require heavy use of the touchscreen. Like Street Fighter IV for example.

Because you can’t feel the buttons, you sometimes miss the button you want to hit, causing you to lose for the 5th time in a row against M. Bison. No more of that, thanks to those stick-on buttons that will turn your iPhone into a better game pad… Read More


What if Your iPhone Touchscreen Could Reconize Objects?

By Sébastien Page on Oct 12, 2010

What if your iPhone or iPad touchscreen could recognize objects you put on them? Well, this is not too far from becoming a reality as some French engineers are currently working on it.

This technology works using printed tags that are applied to objects. These tags are detected by the multitouch screen that can recognize and differentiate them, depending on the tag. Watch this video to get a better understanding of how it works… Read More


Apple Getting Ready for New Touchscreen iMac

By Sébastien Page on Oct 1, 2010

Rumors are floating around the interwebs that Apple might currently be testing a touchscreen display for a future iMac. According to a report by DigiTimes, Sintek Photronics has sent samples of touch panels to Apple for what would be a new touchsreen all-in-one iMac desktop computer.

Now DigiTimes has been wrong so many times before that you can’t really tell if this rumor is well funded or not. However, this is not the first time we hear about a possible touchscreen iMac, which will inevitably be released one day or the other… Read More


iPhone Helping Autistic Kids

By Guest Author on Sep 19, 2010

This story makes so much sense that I feel inferior for only realizing the potential just now. The idea of using a touchscreen to help children suffering from autism is brilliantly simple. The fact is that the iPhone might have the best and most simple system in iOS and the two were destined to help each other.

News Channel 10 out of Amarillo Texas has a report that centers on the benefits of using the iPhone to help the children dealing with the ailments that autism has. An app that focuses itself on speech therapy works by having the kids just touch the correct picture of whatever sound is being played. Magical, isn’t it? Read More


New Mod Brings a Physical Keyboard to the iPhone 4

By Guest Author on Sep 7, 2010

Excuse me if my biased opinion comes out for the following mod. I loathe slider keyboards as much as I dislike any smartphone feature. That being said, accessory company Nuu unveiled a concept that adds a physical keyboard to the iPhone 4.

Nuu showed off the idea in Berlin and it is said to be hitting the market around the holidays. ModMyI has more shots of the product that works using an adjustable sliding hinge. Yes, a hinge on our beautiful phone… Read More