When it comes to rumors pertaining to Apple products, perhaps none are more interesting than those related to patents. As a leader in the technology industry, Apple has been known to file many more patent applications than the average company, allowing them to keep abreast of the latest trends. For those who can’t get enough of the latest Apple patent news, we have got a humdinger for you.
According to Patently Apple, the Cupertino, CA company has filed a new patent that may pave the way for features on either the new iPhone, next iPad or both. The main talking point here would be haptic systems, a form of technology that is generally used in robotics and video game controllers.
These are tactile feedback systems, or those wherein a user can interact with a user interface through touch. There had once been talk of Apple adapting this technology on the new iPad, however that never came to pass. But Apple seems serious about haptic systems, as this third haptics-related patent (following those filed in March 2011 and March 2012) is centered on a multi-tiered system.
This peculiar, yet fascinating system would contort the display of any Apple device, in such a way that 3D buttons can be raised off the screen to be pressed. Also, this multi-tiered system could also be used on flexible OLED displays, video glasses included. We’ll spare you the technical jargon relating to this patent and leave it up to your imagination as to how an iDevice’s display could contour or distort with a single touch of a finger.
We’ll keep you updated if the aforementioned blog or others report on noteworthy patents, particularly those that may give us a glimpse into the future of Apple’s best-selling devices.