AirBar gives your MacBook Air a touchscreen display

By Cody Lee on Jan 3, 2017

You’ll soon be able to give your MacBook Air a touchscreen display, courtesy of AirBar. Neonode on Tuesday unveiled a Mac version of its laptop dongle at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas that will allow you to navigate macOS via touch.

The AirBar magnetically attaches to the bottom of your 13.3-inch MacBook Air display and connects via USB. It uses Neonode’s patented zForce AIR technology to emit an invisible light field that can sense touches from fingers, gloves, and even a paintbrush. Read More


Apple spent years testing if touchscreens made sense on the Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 14, 2016

As first reviews of the new MacBook Pro hit the web this morning, Apple’s marketing boss Phil Schiller took to Backchannel to dispel some of the myths saying his company has been stubbornly dismissive of the idea of a touchscreen Mac for no apparent reason. Schiller reveals that Apple has actually spent years testing if touchscreens made sense on the Mac before realizing that touching things on a 27-inch screen quickly becomes “absurd”. Read More


Video: Apple’s Craig Federighi on the new MacBook Pro, Touch Bar and a touchscreen Mac

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 7, 2016

The MacBook Pro controversy isn’t dying down yet so Apple dispatched Craig Federighi, its Senior Vice President of Software Engineering, who discussed the new Pro and thinking behind the Touch Bar feature in a short video interview with CNET in which he also defends no-touchscreen Mac stance.

He goes on to reveal that Apple had in fact built several touchscreen prototypes that however didn’t impress Apple executives enough to greenlight the project. Read More


Jony Ive speaks on MacBook Pro’s Touch Bar, touchscreen Macs & more

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 31, 2016

Jony Ive, Apple’s Chief Design Officer, sat for a Q&A with CNET’s News Editor in Chief Connie Guglielmo following last week’s “Hello again” Mac event. Ive talked about various topics, including design considerations behind the creation of the Touch Bar, a marquee new feature of the new notebook, saying it’s “just the beginning of a very interesting direction”. He explained why Apple’d rejected a touchscreen iMac “many, many years ago” and more. Read More


iPhone 6 “Touch Disease” class action suit gets support from three additional law firms

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 10, 2016

Class action lawsuit pertaining to an iPhone 6 Plus hardware flaw, referred to as “Touch Disease,” has gained support from three additional law firms.

Motherboard reports that lawyers who filed the original class action complaint have now signed on three additional law firms to support their case.

An additional “Touch Disease” class action suit has been filed against Apple in Utah and there is also a similar class action suit in Canada. Read More


New Surface ad wants you to think that your Mac “ain’t fast enough”

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 15, 2016

It’s been only three days since Microsoft’s advertising department unleashed a new ad salvo at Apple’s direction in the form of a commercial for its Surface Pro 4 tablet/laptop hybrid and now it’s posted yet another video to conveniently reiterate its message ahead of iPhone 7’s launch tomorrow. Titled “Power of Touch”, the 30-second commercial doubles down on the ”the Mac lacks a touchscreen” theme.

Not only does Microsoft poke fun of the fact that Macs are long overdue for a refresh (yours supposedly “ain’t fast enough” lately), but also disses the Mac for not shipping with a detachable keyboard or a stylus. Read More


New Surface Pro 4 ad pokes fun of the Mac because it doesn’t have a touchscreen

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 12, 2016

Microsoft over the weekend fired another ad salvo at Apple’s tablet/computer strategy with a new (somewhat) amusing commercial. Simple titled “Get the Surface Pro,” the 30-second ad highlights Microsoft’s Surface Pro 4 hybrid device which includes a stylus and comes with a detachable keyboard and an Intel chip allowing it to be transformed into a computer that runs Windows, Office and other real desktop applications.

Using the same singer from the previous commercial, the new video informs us that “If you try to write on a plain old Mac, the difference can be seen. It doesn’t work.” Read More


Apple supplier to build nanowire-based flexible toucscreens, likely for future iOS devices

By Christian Zibreg on May 30, 2016

Taiwanese trade publication DigiTimes is reporting that TPK Holding is gearing up to product nanowire-based flexible touchscreens. TPK is on Apple’s supplier list so there’s a high likelihood that future iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices could switch to these flexible screens based on nano silver ink. Originally developed by 3M, silver nanowire films are flexible and transparent to the eye, making them feasible for wearable devices particular. Read More


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

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