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Apple News: New Meaning to the Word Touchscreen

If the latest rumors are true, Apple is bulking up the vibration unit in the next iPhone to allow for more specific kinds of vibrations and in a greater variety of areas. Apple Insider is reporting that a new, more expensive motor could be part of the iPhone 6 and it will allow for "haptic feedback" which, depending on where the user touches the screen, can give physical feedback instead of just an audible click.

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Perhaps this could make touch typing easier, or more likely it could make gaming more interesting. With iOS 6 and 7, Apple has added more schemes to their vibration mechanism, allowing blind users to be notified who is calling using specific vibration patterns. It's like physically based Caller ID. This new motor could make more patterns possible.

The timing could be right. A motor pushing against the screen, in different locations, might cause the glass screen to crack, with the current iPhone. The next iPhone looks to have a much more flexible and robust screen, likely a result of Apple's sapphire factories, and such a screen could accommodate the vibrations. We shall see—and feel—soon!

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Todd Bernhard is founder of No Tie Software, an app developer specializing in Ringtones and Sound FX including AutoRingtone.

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip, but over the years, Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62.

In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.