At dawn yesterday to today, we published the comment of an alleged former Apple employee, who said that the interaction with the so-called iTablet would be “surprising”. Now, the AppleInsider detailed a new Apple patent application covering a dynamic surface that would give tactile feedback to the user perfect for use on the product's virtual keyboard.
The so-called invention “Keystroke Tactility Arrangement on a Smooth Touch Surface” it employs an “articulated frame”, allowing the surface to create elevations or points of sensitivity for the user, while in typing mode. Outside of it, it would retract, becoming once again completely smooth just like the one we know today on iPhones / iPods touch.
This type of feedback would not only facilitate the identification and separation of the virtual keys, but would also offer a system of concave depressions, similar to how we press them in reality.
The entire tablet system would be smart enough to determine when key or touch interaction would be most appropriate for the user. Such an alternation between both modes would be totally smooth and dynamic.
This, I pay to see.