“The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent describing a device with built-in pressure sensors that work in concert with touchscreen input to provide enhanced UI navigation,” Mikey Campbell reports for AppleInsider.

“Apple’s ‘Gesture and touch input detection through force sensing’ patent application details a device that implements the usual multitouch displays seen in the iPhone and iPad, but adds at least three force sensors underneath the screen’s surface,” Campbell reports. “By deploying the pressure-sensitive components around corners of the device, or other known areas, the sensors can be translated into a secondary mode of input.”

“In November, Apple was granted a patent for a similar system in which force sensors were disposed beneath an iPhone’s surface glass,” Campbell reports. “That property, however, focused on input based on varying degrees of pressure rather than selective location.”

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