Apple’s next iPhone will boast a revolutionary new tactile panel that simulates the sensation of physical buttons, fresh rumours suggest.
A haptic feedback solution from California-based outfit, Tactus Technology, will reportedly debut on the iPhone 5, according to Dave Smith of the International Business Times.
The tech involves a flexible membrane that sits at the top layer of the display. An oil-like ‘microfluid’ is inserted underneath that moves around and ‘inflates’ parts of the screen to replicate the feel of real keys.
“It’s likely that a future iPhone will feature Tactus Technology’s dynamic touchscreens,” said Smith.
“Feeling buttons or controls on a smartphone would be extremely useful for completing tasks that typically require a keyboard. There’s a great chance Apple will rush to get its recently-granted patent into its next iPhone.” he added.
The patent Smith mentions is a flexible OLED display that might feature on the sixth-generation iPhone, widely believed to be landing sometime in September or October.
Although little is known about the device, analysts' forecasts suggest it will bring a larger, four-inch display, a quad-core processor and 4G support.
Buzz for the iPhone 5 has grown louder lately courtesy of numerous leaks of alleged parts and some very believable renders.
Apple hosted its annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) earlier this week, where it unveiled the latest iOS 6 operating system, due to roll-out in September.