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Optical response of the next iPhone may go in several directions

Taptic Engine

Taptic Engine

When Apple introduced its Apple Watch in September 2014, it introduced several new technologies. The two most prominent were the Digital Crown and a screen Force touch which, in addition to detecting two different pressure levels, provided a physical response in the form of vibration. This physical response was called Taptic Feedback or tactic response and is only able to vibrate in one direction, but this could change if Apple uses what is described in a new patent.

The new patent appeared yesterday and, under the title of “Haptic modules with independently controllable horizontal and vertical mass movements“, Describes a solution capable of producing vibrations in different directions depending on whether we are holding a device horizontally or vertically, among other things.

Multi-axis Taptic Engine to deliver the tactic response in several directions

Multi-axis Taptic Engine

Apple's idea proposes to use two haptic modules instead of just one, each vibrating around its own axis, depending on how we are holding the device. This system would allow to deliver vibrations in an impossible way with the Taptic Engine existing today. The central processor would control both modules.

The patent was requested in February 2014, so if we decide to carry it out, we could see it on an iOS device or Apple watch anytime. I do not see the iPhone 7 likely to use this multi-axis tactical engine because, if so, it would have already leaked. Although, on the other hand, the Apple Watch also uses a similar one and nothing leaked ahead of time.

As we always say, that a patent has been requested does not mean that it will appear on any device, but we could be talking about a second generation of the Taptic Engine, so it seems to me that it is only a matter of time before we talk about it. in a keynote. Will we see it in the 2017 iPhone presentation?

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