Apple has shown us just how reluctant it can be about capacitive buttons. Surely the company made the capacitive touch screen popular, but they’ve focused on physical buttons that you have to press every single time in order to drive the phone to react with you in certain cases. Those of us that have learned the annoyance of capacitive buttons understand the reasons for that, but it seems that Apple is having some second thoughts.
The company has just filed a new patent for touch-sensitive buttons, and even though we’re having a hard time figuring out how these buttons are different than capacitive ones, it seems that Apple’s plan is to actually detect when you’re not planning on interacting with the phone, and not really to give you additional functionality with the button. Most known cases would be to have the phone react to anything other than your finger, and that’s really what Apple is aiming for, given how common it is for a phone to react to objects in your pocket or in a purse.
Just remember this is a patent filing, and that there are possibilities that it’ll never see the light of day. For now let’s just hope it makes sense whenever Apple actually decides to make use of it.