Apple patents pressure-sensitive iPad bezel and touch screen experience
There’s no denying that Apple has revolutionized the touch screen experience ever since the first-generation iPhone, and we’ve even seen more of that come to the way you can navigate around the iPad. At the moment, though sometimes cumbersome, you can navigate around apps and services with four-finger swipes on the iPad, though it does seem that Apple is just getting started.
The company’s new patent application shows a new iPad with pressure sensors in both the display and the bezel, in a way that would allow both pressure sensors to work together in order to provide users with a new experience. The patent denotes that even though current touch sensitivity is quite accurate, it’s not sufficient for the detection of certain multi-touch gestures. This new patent would allow for swipes from the bezel to the display to be easier to detect, aside from also detecting how much pressure you’re applying to the display on a given gesture as well.
This, married with the recent rumors of an iPen with orientation sensors could prove that Apple is onto something big for its future tablets, but the problem is that we don’t know how near that future is.