Apple patents a way to bring Force Touch to keyboards
Even though analysts debated if 3D Touch would be enough of a feature for Apple to be able to break more records with the iPhone 6s, it seems to have worked. 3D Touch, even though a tad confusing and inconsistent has been the only major update for the new iPhone, and sales continue to skyrocket regardless. The iPhone is actually the latest addition to other Apple products with this functionality, and today we learn of a new one.
A new patent that Apple recently filed envisions the idea of a keyboard capable of Force Touch technology. The patent is called an “ultra low travel keyboard,” and it would allow different commands depending on how hard you press the keys. Sadly not much additional detail is provided as to how this technology will enhance a user’s experience, and it does make us rather skeptical of a feature at a time when we all know a person or two that hits the keyboard hard no matter what.
Apple’s recent changes in the keyboard of the new MacBook and even its new Magic keyboard could pave the way for this functionality to exist, but then again this is Apple, and not all that’s patented gets launched.