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iPad 3 might use E-sense technology that gives texture to its touchscreen

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iPad 3 might use E-sense technology that gives texture to its touchscreen
Before we begin, we strongly recommend you to file the following under wild speculations. According to The Guardian and The Next Web, which researched the matter independently of each other, the iPad 3 might have a touch feedback technology that we have yet to see implemented in an Apple device; a technology that would allow the user to "feel" the touchscreen's surface as if it had texture.

Sounds unlikely, we know, but it is claimed that a clue hidden in the invitation to the Apple event points at that direction. "We have something you really have to see. And touch." – that is what the text in the said invitation reads, and the "touch" part is the clue they have in mind.

Still, we will not dismiss the above speculation as utter nonsense as we know that such technology already exists. A few months ago, a company called Senseg demonstrated its E-sense technology, which used electrostatic fields that could simulate different levels of friction, thus creating the sensation of texture. Furthermore, the technology was demonstrated on a tablet, of all devices. And to make things even better, it is known that implementing E-sense in a device does not require any alterations of its display. However, a Senseg representative suggested that seeing the technology in a consumer product was not likely to happen in the near future, which does not bode well for the possibility of the iPad 3 taking advantage of it.

The next iPad, which is rumored to be called the iPad HD or iPad 3, will be announced later today at 10:00AM Pacific time, or 1:00PM Eastern time. Of course, we will be reporting all about it, so stay tuned!

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posted on 07 Mar 2012, 05:43 5

1. JSern (Posts: 282; Member since: 22 May 2011)


I approved if this is porn enabled

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 06:17

4. ghost__uwi (Posts: 175; Member since: 28 Nov 2011)


^^ sadly my first thought as well. Tracy does dallas with a complimentary iPad 3

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 06:02

2. PhoneLuver (Posts: 474; Member since: 05 Jul 2010)


Meh. Probably not. Don't get your hopes up!

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 06:07

3. protozeloz (Posts: 5381; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


Sounds like something apple would do. There is always a chance we see this on the next iPad

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 06:28

5. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


Naughty Sense

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 06:42 2

6. joex2 (Posts: 22; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)


Nothing new. Microsoft patentes something very similar in 2010http://news.cnet.com/8301-10805_3-20024141-75.html

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 06:55 2

7. ayephoner (Posts: 837; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


the concept has been around, but it has never been produced. i'd love to see it regardless of the manufacturer. i do doubt that this will come from apple and certainly not with this ipad.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 08:07

14. protozeloz (Posts: 5381; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


agree, this will be cool! think of all the uses, a tablet that helps people who cant see understand their world better, and those who can get a better hold of their experience

some uses I would like to see

-feeling the paper on the ebooks
-feeling the landscape on a photo
-painting with an app and feeling the texture of the paint
-feeling texture on games to find fake walls and other secrets
-other stuff

it will be good if apple starts it, so it gets adopted widely, we have hate going from here to there and there to here anyways and haters are running out valid arguments

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 07:14 1

8. remixfa (Posts: 14165; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


ipad3 could possibly be made out of cheese.

really? we are literally hours from the actual announcement, and people are still propagating crazy rumors?

Its going to have an HD screen update and maybe a small update to that 1mpx camera on it. Thats about it.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 07:33

10. ayephoner (Posts: 837; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


this rumor is pretty absurd, but there will certainly be more than 2 upgraded features.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 08:03

13. remixfa (Posts: 14165; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


apple's history shows they take small steps per device. HD screen is the biggest single step they have actually taken. I dont really count dual core as the system doesnt benefit from it other than enhanced gaming.

OK, side bet.. Im saying HD screen and a small camera upgrade. More ram and a CPU tweak will have to coincide with the HD screen to support it properly so I include that as part of the HD screen. Whatchu got?

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 08:15

15. ayephoner (Posts: 837; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


a better processor and more memory is part of the screen?

its thicker, so we'll surely see a bigger battery. apple has a ton of patents for new battery technology, so it might have insane battery life.

which is very important for LTE, which we will also see.

they are going to do something with the home button and gestures (i think).

expect siri and/or some new software tweeks.

i agree that its not much (especially comparing it to what other manufacturers are doing), but it is a stretch to say there will be only 2 upgraded features.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 08:21

17. remixfa (Posts: 14165; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Siri isnt already on the ipad??? why? its iOS5 and dual core. What a stupid omission.

Yea, if you want to have the HD screen its going to take about 2-4x the memory bandwidth to show those higher resolutions and increased polygons(3d gaming) on the screen. To not have a memory increase of that magnitude would be stupid and suicidal because it would kill Apple's long standing "smooth UI" claims. Since Apple's chips have not had to use the claimed possible resolutions before, they will have to be tweaked for compatibility.

Of course, software also has to be made compatible so you would have to wait for all your app devs to update their apps, otherwise you are looking at either a pixelated "stretch" view as it goes back to the old resolution for apps, or it will be in a small "window" and not take up the full screen.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 08:42

18. ayephoner (Posts: 837; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


you know apple. they want to save siri so it brings more hype to this version.

thats true about the demands of the screen, but if they do go to quad core, it will free up much more power than what they have now, even with the screen demands.

i dont think you'll see apps that are stretched now go to the smaller version with a new screen. at worst, apps will look exactly the same.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 09:04

21. remixfa (Posts: 14165; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


no quadcore. maybe on the ipad4. ur getting the same dual core with minor tweaks for the screen.. thats it. apple isnt known for being at the forefront of tech, and thats not about to change, ol Jobs still had his hands in this ipad.. maybe the next one.

Did you ever get the notion to go back and play a really old computer game on your new computer? Go back and play diablo 2 on your higher res screen. I did ... it sucked. Maybe it wont be as bad because the screen is the same size, but it will still be noticable, especially if you get used to using the "high res" apps that are available at launch. You will notice the difference.

If the screen is HD, i predict reports soon of people whining about apps not being updated for HD fast enough because of just that.. they can tell the difference between HD and non HD apps.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 09:13

22. ayephoner (Posts: 837; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


we'll see. ive heard plenty of reports both ways.

they only look worse in comparison. old apps should look identical on an ipad 2 and the new one. im sure people will complain about apps not being updated, but thats pretty normal. this is one reason why apple puts so many limitations on app design. it should be very easy for devs to update their apps (for the most part)

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 07:31

9. sleepyjohnny (Posts: 151; Member since: 16 Dec 2009)


"touch"?
why would that make it likely that the screen will be able to be felt? It's all touch screen tech

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 07:34 1

11. ayephoner (Posts: 837; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


that "touch" in the announcement means something. i'm guessing it means something to do with the missing home button and/or added gesture controls.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 08:43 1

19. protozeloz (Posts: 5381; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


I think that Too

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 07:36

12. sleepyjohnny (Posts: 151; Member since: 16 Dec 2009)


maybe, but definitely not some sort of texture tech. They would have said "felt"

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 08:16

16. ayephoner (Posts: 837; Member since: 09 Jun 2009)


yeah, i dont think were seeing this technology for a few years.

posted on 07 Mar 2012, 08:53

20. protozeloz (Posts: 5381; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


anyone willing to pull predictions for thins announcement? we heard the "experts" but what about US? no hate please

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