Apple has filed a few patents, including "Protective Mechanism for an Electronic Device", "Touch Surface for Simulating Materials", "Elevated Joystick", and "Mirror Tilt Actuation," sparking off speculations that they could be seen in the upcoming iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. But it is unlikely to happen if one goes the latest reports. This has thrown up the possibility of Apple introducing them in its future devices such as the iPhone 7.
It is reported that the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will have Force Touch feature and a stronger aluminium alloy chassis but no mention has been made on whether it will come with the technology mentioned in Apple's latest patent filings. So, it wouldn't come as a surprise if the Cupertino giant makes its iPhone 7 special by bringing in unique features.
It was earlier reported the iPhone 7 would be released this year but it is almost certain that it will see the light of the day in the second half of next year as Apple is reportedly releasing its iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus this September.
Apple has filed a patent titled "Touch Surface for Simulating Materials" and it has been published on the US Patent and Trademark Office.
"A system for simulating materials using touch surfaces includes a touch surface, an actuator and/or an temperature control device, and a control unit. The control unit controls the actuator or the temperature control device to cause at least a portion of the touch surface to simulate a material. Such control may include utilizing the actuator to vibrate the surface to simulate the tactile sensation of texture," reads the patent.
Mirror Tilt Actuation is another patent filed by Apple and published by the US Patent and Trademark Office, according to Apple Insider. It is about improving picture quality with the use of image sensors and "OIS adjusts the direction of the field of view of the camera to compensate for user motion."
Under the patent titled "Protective Mechanism for an Electronic Device", Apple has claimed that a device can be avoided from falling flat on the screen by using vibration motor to adjust gravity. This technology will prevent freefall.
It was also reported earlier this year that Apple had filed a patent titled "Elevated Joystick" which could change gaming drastically if it turns into reality. Mail Online reported that a touch on the screen of an Apple device could transform into an elevated joystick with single click and then fall back to original state with just a push.
Apple has not revealed when it will introduce the aforementioned patents in its devices but fans will expect to see at least a couple of them in the future iPhones, perhaps the iPhone 7.