1. This is just one of those little “rumors” that sometimes takes on a life of its own, thereby creating excitement in the tech press who begin to call it an “expectation” so that when Apple doesn’t include this feature the brilliant iPhone(s) it does announce somehow are flawed or fell short.

    This happens every single release.

  2. Vibration is interesting, but the more game changing technology is screens that can morph. Apple has some patents on this tech and other companies like Tactus have demonstrated devices where certain areas of the screen raise to form buttons. Incorporate this into games, maps, and in the future, pictures, video, etc. and the technology becomes very compelling.

    1. I did some further research into Tactus: At CES 2014 one of their reps said, “We have had significant engagements with brand companies and you will start to see devices later this year.”

      On April 17, 2014 Winston Corporation made a significant investment in Tactus. Winston was spun-off by Acer in 2000 and partnered with Microsoft in 2011.

      It would be a shame if Microsoft beat Apple to market with this tech.

  3. Why is western culture so binary? “…[Bulldog] is so new it’s unclear whether whether Apple will use it or develop its own…”
    Or Apple could use established haptic technology.
    Or Apple could do nothing with haptics.”

    1. In the USA, this is significantly due to the influence of its Puritan religion cultural roots.

      Meanwhile, the general culture in Europe/UK is trending significantly away from binary, b/w, into a far greater appreciation of the diversity and complexity of the natural world. There are of course exceptions, which typically are wrought by certain religious/primitive influences I shall not name but are very well known.

      1. With all due respect, Derek, that’s not very accurate. In fact, all three Abrahamic religions exhibit binary conclusions, but Christianity holds to a basic non-binary belief system, founded upon the mystery of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit all being three-in-one. Eastern thought (and religion) give far more weight to spectrum of idea and shades of gray.

        I’ll stop here before the moderators ask what this has to with Apple, Mac and iOS.

        1. all three Abrahamic religions exhibit binary conclusions

          No disagreement from me at all! I’m incredibly indebted to Zen Buddhism, personally. It blew my mind wide open to comprehend vivid details of the world around us never considered by my ‘western’ philosophy upbringing. The other huge mind blower was when I studied natural Earth environments. Their complexity will forever be beyond human comprehension. We think WE’RE smart? Study how Earth’s living systems work and you’ll be humbled forever.

          But the Puritans were certainly one of the acmes of binary, bipolar (!), +/- thinking. Recall the Salem witch trials? That wasn’t mythology. They were that vehement in their profoundly lost adherence to +/- thinking. It’s thoroughly well known in the USA that specifically the Puritan sect of Christianity stamped that +/- thinking into the future of the ‘American’ culture. It lives on every day here.

          PLEASE read some Nathaniel Hawthorne, one of my heroes, who was the master at describing exactly how puritans thought and acted. It’s beyond shocking. My favorite of such stories is ‘The Maypole Of Merry Mount. He’s writing about one of his own direct ancestors. It is a HORROR story of revelation about the Puritan culture. Then there’s ‘The Scarlet Letter’ and ‘House of Seven Gables’…

          Part of my family was among the second arrival of Puritans to Plymouth. It’s part of my family history as well.

          Now, if you head over to ‘The Left Coast’ of the USA, you’re not going to find much Puritanical influence. They have their own problems.

          I’ll stop here before the moderators ask what this has to with Apple, Mac and iOS.

          HAHAHAHA! Like that happens.

          Thanks for a thoughtful conversation. We should get gold stars for such things around here.

  4. So, if haptic devices become the norm, will we have a new disease called ‘Haptic Addiction’? Or does that malady already exist through the availability of similarly reactive and vibrational devices? Just asking. Just wondering. 😉

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