Apple is working on a Multi Haptics technology for iPhones and iPads

When working on a new feature or device, Apple usually takes it’s time to get it right.

They’ve spent years perfecting multi-touch interface, before it was released for public consumption with  2007 iPhone launch. Then they’ve spent 3 more years adapting this UI to a tablet device. The same goes for smaller features, like copy-paste on the iPhone, multi-tasking, etc;

There is one more feature, that other touchphones had for years now, missing in iPhone. Haptic feedback. And now we may know why Steve Jobs  has been ignoring haptic response for so long. Apple is  working on  haptic feedback technology, called Multi-Haptics,  on their own.

This  technology is described in a patent application called “Multi Touch with Multi Haptics”, filed by Apple in April 2009.

The idea is  to spread an array of  haptic actuators around the touch panel and device housing. Then, have a database of haptic response profiles, and match these profiles to various multi-touch gestures performed on the display.

I don’t want to go into too many technical details here, you can read all about them in the patent application yourself. But if Apple is able to get it right,  the difference between current and Multi Haptics technology might be as profound, as the difference between traditional touch interfaces before iPhone, and Multi-Touch.

When/if Multi-Haptics technology gets out of Apple R&D labs, into live products, it would certainly be a very cool addition to your iPhone 5 or  iPad 2.

Author: Stasys Bielinis

While I like to play with the latest gadgets, I am even more interested in broad technology trends. With mobile now taking over the world - following the latest technology news, looking for insights, sharing and discussing them with passionate audience - it's hard to imagine a better place for me to be. You can find me on Twitter as @UVStaska'

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