Apple patent shows improved tactile feedback for touch pad

by TabTimes Staff

January 21 2014

Apple was granted a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday for a touch pad that removes the traditional "clickable" integrated button with four or more force sensors and an actuator to provide tactile feedback.

In addition to use on a a MacBook, the patent document describes alternative implementations in mobile devices such as the iPhone and iPad.

Apple's U.S. Patent No. 8,633,916 for a "Touch pad with force sensors and actuator feedback," says the operation of a trackpad with an integrated switch-type button can be mimicked and improved upon with force sensors. 

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