Rumor Claims Haptic Feedback for iPad 3

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.

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