Haptic technology is something that has been rumored to be a feature of every new iOS product that is about to come out since Macrumors uncovered an Apple patent back in 2009. Thanks to 9to5mac and PatentlyApple, rumors have returned for iPhone 5.
“…today’s surprise invention packs a punch with a wildly intelligent multi-tiered haptics system. 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.”
“If that wasn’t cool enough, Apple’s patent discusses a flexible OLED display that could be used for video glasses.”
Should Apple really continue on with this endeavor, they could easily reshape the mobile sphere once again with the most advanced and forward thinking touchscreen keyboard. Typing will be a lot easier in the future when it becomes more interactive and that’s just for aesthetic purposes. Think of what Apple could do with this in terms of accessibility.
New iPhone is rumored to most likely appear in Q4 of this year. Apple has time to integrate haptic technology between now and then. Between you and me, I still think we’re at least one year off until this fully materializes.