The launch of a new Apple iPhone naturally causes a great deal of excitement and speculation among Apple fans and smartphone enthusiasts. The promise of the exciting features — like improved haptic feedback technology — has enthusiasts virtually salivating with anticipation.
Some of the new features rumoured to be coming to the iPhone 6 include an enhanced camera and increased internal storage capacity. According to numerous industry experts, though, the introduction of advanced haptic technology is going to be the unique selling point and must-have feature of the latest of the Apple phones.
So, What is Haptic Technology?
Also known as tactile feedback technology, this feature communicates with the end user via touch, motion, and vibration. In the case of smartphones, such as Apple iPhones, with their state-of-the-art touch screen GUIs, the inclusion of haptics provides differing levels and rhythms of vibration, depending on the scenario and application. For example, when you activate an app or tap or swipe the screen to activate a control with cutting-edge haptics on board, the phone will vibrate slightly, possibly with the vibrations localized to the point of contact. This replaces the tactile response you would normally get when depressing an actual button.
Haptic technology emits different vibrations for different actions so, once you become familiar with your device, you understand what each vibration type means. Additionally, haptic technology is employed within certain apps and games, giving differing responses for movement, activation, pausing, menu options, and more.
Think back to the days of the PlayStation 2 that came with a dual shock controller. Although cutting-edge at the time, this is basic by modern standards — and a prime example of basic haptic feedback technology. The technology used in the iPhone is far more sophisticated than this, but the principle remains the same.
Haptic Technology in the iPhone 6
According to inside sources, the tactile feedback technology in the iPhone 6 is expected to use a linear motor or multiple linear oscillating motors to create an ultra-responsive user interface, capable of a range of vibrations, including localized reactions in response to where you touch the screen.
Enthusiasts expect this function to be seamless and exceptionally useful, as it has been in the works for a number of years, with Apple filing a patent on the use of multiple synchronized linear oscillating motors to produce superior quality, location-specific haptic feedback.
Rumor has it that there are two different models of the Apple iPhone 6 in the pipeline, one with a 4.7 inch screen and the other with a 5.5 inch screen. Haptic technology is expected to appear in both, but the buzz is that the 5.5 inch model will also come equipped with an exclusive larger storage capacity of up to 128 GB and other higher end features, like optical image stabilization.
The iPhone 6 is expected to be released September 9th.
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