Apple frequently publishes patents which describe the technologies on which the Cupertino-based giant is actively working. According to recent patents, Apple is developing force-pressure sensors that could be integrated into future products. These patents hint at an iPhone-like 3D touch feature. Let’s now take a closer look at these details.
Apple Patents Hint At Advanced Force-Pressure Sensors
A report published by Patently Apple shows that the US Patent and Trademark Office recently published a number of Apple patents. These patents describe devices with advanced pressure and force sensors. These patents show how Apple could utilise these sensors to enable various utility and health features in its future devices such as the next-generation Apple Watch models, iPhones and iPads.
One patent shows, amongst other things, an Apple Watch with a pressure sensitive side button. This suggests that Apple may soon replace the existing physical button on the Apple Watch.
Patent also indicates that Apple could use this technology to create electromechanical fluid pressure sensors in the Apple Watch. These sensors will be made for small form factors, and will be significantly smaller than regular force sensors. The new pressure sensors will allow Apple to eliminate any mechanical parts from its Apple Watch models, making them more durable and tougher.
Another patent shows that the company may use new force-pressure sensors in order to create smart straps suitable for the Apple Watch. These straps could detect pulse wave velocity and blood pressure. Another patent last year hinted at an Apple Watch-like band.
3D Touch for MacBooks and iPhones.
These patents also show how the new electromechanical fluid force sensors can be integrated into trackpads on MacBooks or iPhone and iPad displays. These sensors will enable devices to “precisely sense small or gradual changes of force.”
The patent images also show that Apple could use several small modules of sensors in place of one component. We believe that the company might bring a 3D touch-like function to its upcoming iPhones or iPads . 3D Touch was an iPhone feature that was very popular, but was eventually removed due to high manufacturing costs.
These patents may suggest new features for Apple’s devices. However, it is important to note that many of Apple’s patents never see the light of day. We recommend that you take all of the information above with a grain, and leave your comments below.