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Report: Apple's bigger iPhone 6 to feature new haptic feedback technology

Report: Apple's bigger iPhone 6 to feature new haptic feedback technology

July 10, 2014

Besides sporting a bigger, sapphire-coated display, Cupertino’s upcoming iPhone 6 handset could also feature new haptic feedback technology, a recently published report claims.

According to Laoyaoba (via GforGames), the new haptic feedback feature in the iPhone 6 will rely on a built-in motor that’s said to be between two to three times more expensive than the $0.60 vibration motor built into the current-generation iPhone 5s. The news of course comes as various reports claim the next-generation iPhone will cost more than its predecessors.

But how will the new technology benefit users? GforGames explains:

According to sources, the new tactile feedback linear motor is more intelligent and capable of producing different types of subtle vibrations in correlation with the application’s scenario. It can even emit different vibrations depending on the area of the touch screen that is being pressed.

This definitely isn’t the first time we’ve heard about Apple’s interest in haptic feedback technology. Back in 2012, a patent application awarded to Apple described “a widely intelligent multi-tiered haptics system.”

The report added: “The system will actually allow an iDevice display to deform so that it could provide the user with a button, an arrow or even a geological map to physically pop right out of the screen to give it 3D depth.”

Described in the report as one of the iPhone 6’s “secret weapons,” the technology would be an interesting addition to Apple’s smartphone. Though as usual, we’ll know nothing for certain until Cupertino unveils its next-generation iPhone later this year.

We’ll keep you updated with further information as we receive it.

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