updated 09:30 am EST, Wed March 7, 2012
Company refuses to confirm or deny feature
The new iPad being announced later today could have haptic feedback, Pocket-lint sources claim. Apple has allegedly been in talks with a Finnish company, Senseg, the creators of a technology called E-Sense. Unlike normal haptic feedback methods, the one Apple is reportedly using would put an electrical pulse behind every pixel, adding "texture" to onscreen objects.
Senseg is neither confirming or denying plans. "We won’t be making any statements until after Apple’s announcement," one spokesman says. The company's technical marketing manager, Petri Jekonen, yesterday told The Guardian "That would be for Apple to say. My comment is no comment." Senior VP Ville Mäkinen has previously told Trusted Reviews that Senseg is "currently working with a certain tablet maker based in Cupertino."
Haptic feedback could explain wording in Apple's invite for the iPad announcement: "We have something you really have to see. And touch." While the "see" is thought to refer to the new tablet's ultra-sharp display, no special meaning has usually been attributed to "touch."