A new patent filed by Apple reveals that the iPad Company is looking at ideas for a screen that allows for haptic feedback on its iOS devices.
The patent filed in the USA this week this week outlines a system of screens on a device designed to not only detect touch and protect the underlying technology but also provide physical feedback in various areas of the screen.
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Apple insiders claim that the Company has been working on this technology for a while. They say that are some functions (like typing on a keyboard or hitting buttons in games) that call for a little more physical feedback. The patent also mentions things like giving users notice when they’ve reached a limit (as in scrolling or panning across pictures) or providing clicks on a scroll wheel.
Unfortunately, this is all still in the prototype stages. For whatever reason (I can guess a few, from power requirements to manufacturing costs), Apple still hasn’t included any of this technology in a production device. But they’re obviously very interested in providing haptic feedback, so hopefully, it won’t be too long before we see an idea like this come to fruition.