From the last line of MacBooks, until Apple Watch and iPhone 6S, the Apple boasted with 3D Touch and Force Touch, two names for demanding haptic feedback. It seems that they have not invented them.
Not the first nor the last time Apple technology arrive in court that they managed to put on nice clothes, “and to propagate globally, just because a company little known to come and right to ask. This time, it comes to 3D Touch and Force Touch, two fundamental features advertisements for Apple iPhone 6S or Apple Watch.
Immersion, a company that perhaps you have never heard anything, filed a complaint against Apple on the grounds of patent infringement. His lawyers say that any form of haptic feedback used by the Cupertino giant is illegal and that in the worst scenario, should be compensated, and in the most optimistic case, its use should be discontinued.
According to the complaint filed by the court violated patently refers to a technology called “shared feedback” is described by how a software application can show a glimpse of a set of information through a touch softer and can reflect in a completely different action when pressed becomes stronger. To some extent, this makes and Force Touch / Touch 3D, but the similarities are just partial.
“Tactile sensations”, which is the subject of another patent process, detailed in documents related to the complaint. They refer to specific feedback in response to a particular action.
Opposite 3D Touch, this patent relates to how discreet phone vibrates when you press harder on the screen of an iPhone 6S.
Regarding sites MacBook trackpad recent analogy is related to how Apple simulates a click, even when you do not necessarily click.
Most often such processes end at the negotiating table, but it likely never knows the value that Apple will pay if you lose.