Apple working on haptic feedback and more to improve future iPhone models

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Apple working on haptic feedback and more to improve future iPhone models
Apple has always been a company looking to improve on current products as the improving generations of the iPhone show. What are the guys from Cupertino working on now to keep their touchscreen phone fresh and one-step ahead of the challengers? A look at some of the company's patent applications give us a hint.

One thing that appears likely to come to the iPhone in the near future is haptic feedback. While other phones vbibrate or provide some kind of physical feedback when a key is pressed or a link clicked, Apple has something more complex in mind. Using a grid of actuators that can change frequencies, the user will be able to "feel" different surfaces by sliding along the glass display.

Another patent deals with fingerprint ID. Besides using prints for security, Apple proposes using this as a tool for navigation or to turn on certain functions of the handset. For example, a press of the middle finger could automatically start the music player, while another finger could be read as a signal to stop the player. The phone would use fingerprint ID to recognize which finger the user was pressing on the screen with.This technology could also be used instead of pressing a button.

The final patent deals with using a touchscreen as an RFID reader. Small tags made of electronic circuits can be placed inside an object and are used for identification using an RFID reader. The company is talking about putting an antenna inside the touchscreen, allowing it to be used as such a reader. Apple says it could be a very useful tool for the device in the future as use of the tags grow. For example, the iPhone could scan a product containing the tag, which would transmit pricing information to the handset. The device would then complete the transaction using stored credit card information.

source: MacRumors



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10 Comments

1. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

All of them are pretty weird except for the first. But I really hope the next phone isn't pressure sensitive. That would be a real turn-off

2. bronxbomber

Posts: 82; Member since: Apr 10, 2009

THEY SHOULD JUST MAKE AN IPHONE WITH AN ACTUAL KEYBOARD, AND APPLE SHOULD MAKE A CDMA VERSION OF IT SO THAT VERIZON AND SPRINT CAN GET IT. AFTER THAT IT WOULD COME DOWN TO YOUR COVERAGE AREA AND THE PRICING YOUR LOOKING FOR. THIS IS THE ONLY WAY I WOULD GET THE IPHONE, I JUST DONT FEEL ITS WORTH IT. ILL STICK TO THE ITOUCH AND MY BLACKBERRY.

3. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

I will not get an iPhone if it has a real keyboard. For me, it's kind of unnecessary and adds bulk to the phone. But that's just for me.

4. bronxbomber

Posts: 82; Member since: Apr 10, 2009

well it depends on what the person wants. me personally i would prefer the keyboard but not necessary, i was just trying to say they should make one with a phsycial keyboard as well. but that either way apple should make a cdma version so that other carriers can get it and people can have a choice of which carrier to be on. as for the size, i am sure with the technology that we have now a days they can come up with a version that wont be as bulky.

8. MTLance unregistered

You're a total moron, look at one of the Canada's Telco having a CDMA version of the iPhone, why not USA? Because that contract is tied to AT&T only until the contract expires, just like Palm Pre with Sprint as well, wake up idiot.

5. kellybl131

Posts: 42; Member since: Jan 19, 2009

They are in the process of making a CDMA one with Verizon, but won't be out till sometime in 2010.

6. sprntfanboi02

Posts: 41; Member since: Jun 25, 2009

oh look still trying to have the iphone catch up with all the other smart phones out there

7. Fanboys Suck

Posts: 609; Member since: Dec 12, 2008

Boy, such a bitter little child, eh? Haptic feedback is very unnecessary on the iPhone because of how responsive the touchscreen is. Think about it... I had a Samsung Eternity which had haptic feedback... it needed it so I would know that it responded to my touch. Sometimes it would even vibrate and wouldn't do anything... lame. The iPhone on the other hand is hands down the MOST accurately responsive touchscreen on the market. There is absolutely no competition. I recommend getting butt-hurt over bigger issues than the fact that you don't have an iPhone or that you hate Apple... Try politics or something else, kid. Get a tampon.

9. behold--me

Posts: 679; Member since: Jun 22, 2009

first of all, i agree the iphone has the best touch screen out there with multi touch and all that crap.....on a phone like the behold haptic feedback helps when typing stuff like txt msgs maybe u should shut ur big ass mouth dude fanboys suck? looks like someone is an apple fanboy huh? wel in that case, ur name really just makes u look like a jackass, sayin stuff like that........is someone havin a bad day? go cry me a river bud cuz no one gives a damn

10. sprntfanboi02

Posts: 41; Member since: Jun 25, 2009

hahaha

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