Rumor Claims Haptic Feedback for iPad 3

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Haptic display iPad 3? Maybe.With Apple’s Wednesday morning media event fast approaching, yet another iPad 3 rumor has cropped up, and this one claims the multimedia tablet will include haptic feedback in the display. The in-display tactile feedback system is allegedly coming from a company called Senseg.

According to Pocket-lint, Senseg’s technology uses electrical pulses to create the sensation of textures when touching the display, and Apple plans to pack that into every pixel on the iPad 3’s rumored retina display.

Adding some excitement to that rumor, Senseg senior vice president Ville Makinen said, “We are currently working with a certain tablet maker based in Cupertino.”

While the notion of a haptic feedback system that dynamically creates the sensation of textures on screen sounds great, it may be a little early for the tech — at least for the iPad. In a CNET interview that’s only about three months old, Senseg’s Dave Rice said that the company’s haptic technology won’t be ready for at least a year, and possibly two.

Assuming Senseg’s haptic technology is still months away, that’s just a little late for this morning’s Apple media event and an iPad 3 announcement. Of course, if Senseg’s executives exaggerated their time table, Apple could surprise us today with the first iPad to offer tactile feedback.

Be sure to check in with The Mac Observer for our live Apple media event coverage. Apple will be starting its press event at 10AM pacific time.

Comments

Lee Dronick

Remember in Apple’s email invite that it said something that we will want to touch, or words to that effect.

MOSiX Man

@Lee - I was just going to write the same thing. An iPad with haptic feedback and a Retina display would tie in perfectly with ‘See and Touch’. I just hope that, if present, the haptic feedback can be disabled, because I’m not a big fan of it. To me, it just feels like an annoying buzz every time I touch something. It’s kind of like having the ‘click’ turned on for every time you type on an iOS device’s keyboard. My wife has that turned on and it irritates me, just a little, to have to listen to it.

aardman

This sounds genuine.  A rumor/leak at this date can only be a strategic ploy hatched with Apple’s nod to get even more people to pay attention to this mornings product announcement.

MOSiX Man

to get even more people to pay attention to this mornings product announcement.

You mean the 10% of the populace that wasn’t already waiting to watch? wink

aardman

You mean the 10% of the populace that wasn?t already waiting to watch?

As an AAPL holder, I wish what you wrote wasn’t hyperbole.  But I’m also thinking of the 99+% who’ve never heard of Senseg.  After all, this was their strategic leak/announcement.

aardman

Pure rumor.  So much for the strategic leak angle.  Heh heh.

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