Good vibrations: iPhone 6 'secret weapon' could be advanced haptic feedback

The iPhone 6 will have a ‘secret weapon’ in the form of advanced haptic feedback, according to the latest whispers to come from the Apple rumour mill.

Using a vibration motor "two or three times as expensive" as the current $0.60 component, the iPhone 6 will be able to give off subtle and variable vibrations through various parts of its screen to help make applications and games ‘feel’ more engaging.

Advanced haptic feedback has been on Apple’s radar for some time, and in 2009 the company filed a patent for a system that would allow users to feel their way around a web page, thanks to subtle feedback given by the display. At the time, Apple noted that the lack of such a technology was a disadvantage to early iPhones.

Shortly before the third-generation iPad was announced it was rumoured that Apple would unveil a technology where users could feel feedback through the screen, having apparently partnered with Finnish startup Senseg, but this turned out to be untrue.

This time around, however, Apple may have gone its own way in producing a screen which can produce texture.

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The iPhone 6 is widely expected to feature a 4.7-inch display, run iOS 8, and be announced at a media event in September. It is thought to be joined by a 5.5-inch model either at the same event, or slightly later in the year. A wearable fitness tracker dubbed the iWatch is also expected before the end of 2014.

Source: Laoyaoba

Via: MacRumors


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