Apple’s Force Touch for iPhone invention published today

“Believe it not, Apple’s engineers actually began working on Force Touch sensors for future iDevices way back in 2006 in relation to force sensors for the iPad bezel and display,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.

“Since that time there have other force touch inventions that have been published relating to the Apple Watch and MacBook,” Purcher reports. “The latest buzz is that Apple’s next iPhone is likely to introduce the Force Touch feature and today a related force touch invention for the iPhone and other iDevices surfaced in Europe.”

Purcher reports, “If Apple launches this feature in September, then this will be another patent fulfilled.”

Much more, including Apple’s patent application illustrations and diagrams, in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take:

And Android, littered across a veritable junkyard full of disparate devices, will not be able to follow.MacDailyNews, February 28, 2015

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  1. This is a perfect example of why Samsung didn’t have a clue in January 2007 at the announcement of the iPhone.

    A further clue was a report which suggested a major Asian cell phone company (likely Samsung) contacted one of the major product design firms in the bay area and wanted a complete iPhone competitor “in 6 weeks.”

    Steve Jobs was always quoted as saying they were always looking out 10 years for where the technology was moving and innovating, planning and designing for it today.

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