iPad 3 Will Get New ‘E-Sense Textured Touchscreen’ You Can Really Feel [Report]

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Apple will make its iPad 3 official in just a few hours’ time, but that hasn’t stopped the rumor mill from turning this morning. Having had confirmation from one iOS hacker that the tablet will be the first iOS device to get 1GB of RAM, one report claims that it will also feature a new “E-Sense textured touchscreen” that allows you to feel your display like never before.

The Guardian reports that unlike Apple’s existing iPad display, which just feels like a sheet of glass under your fingertips, its iPad 3’s screen will be textured, providing a rough, rigid, or rounded feel in certain areas. This is why, the report claims, Apple has emphasized “touch” on its iPad 3 event invitations.

“Apple never uses words in its invitations without them meaning something,” said Carolina Milanesi, smartphones and tablets analyst for the research company Gartner. As she pointed out, the invitation for Apple’s previous event in October had a picture of some app icons, a “1” against the iPhone, and the phrase “Let’s talk iPhone” – in retrospect, a pun on the planned introduction of the single iPhone 4S, with the Siri voice-driven “assistant” software.

Milanesi thinks similar analysis will pay dividends: “Saying you have to ‘see’ it obviously refers to the retina display. As for ‘touch’, my first thought was that they have done something to the back of the iPad.”

But the Guardian believes that the “touch” refers to a technology from Senseg, a Finnish startup which has developed a system called E-Sense which appears to give texture to a touchscreen.

The technology comes from a Finnish company called Senseg and it uses things called “tixels,” generated by electric fields from elements embedded around the screen, to provide a texture on the display that can change just like its pixels.

Apple patents have proven that the company has long been looking at ways in which it can provide users with tactile feedback while they use a touchscreen, so claims that Senseg’s E-Sense technology will feature in the iPad 3 certainly aren’t surprising. This is, however, the first we’ve heard of this technology in the run up to the new iPad’s unveiling.

  • Isaac Márquez

    That would be AMAZING!

  • Timorteus

    I think this is really interesting, and a definite possibility. And before others start saying that this isn’t going to happen, please suggest what ‘And touch’ is trying to communicate to us. It has to be saying something, and nothing as lame as ‘you can touch the iPad’, or something to do with the iPod touch. This is a iPad event after all.

  • Michel Adamek

    I totally agree! I’m gonna go buy some popcorn and coke now and wait for the keynote to begin! I feel like a child at christmas eve all over again :)

  • Richard Mears

    Apple never wastes words. The Touch referred to will definitely be an important part of the announcement(s). But what part? 
     
    My 2 cents: An iPod Touch announcement. 
     
    What if they were to announce a new, larger iPod Touch – a bit like these silly “iPad Mini” rumours we keep hearing about – but not running iPad OS.
     
    That would get around Steve Jobs main objection – After all, why would you have to sand down your fingers if it’s a scaled *up* version of the iPhone OS? 

  • FriarNurgle

    A really good write up on the subject posted in the macrumors’ forum yesterday also.
    http://forums.macrumors.com/sh

  • Custom

    It sure sound interesting… I’ll buy one anyways but WHERE MY MAC PRO BIATCH!

  • Weihan Tang

    Dammit you at the actual keynote? wish i could go:)

  • Tim Lanfair

    i was thinking of the “one more thing”  like that touch iMac,,, does anyone remember those patents,, special hinge,, could the iMac be the first multi touch mac? 

  • Bob_Zimmerman

    I can’t help but think that there are a number of Adult Film companies getting very excited about this. Mind in the gutter Bob, mind in the gutter.

  • The-Tin Nguyen

    i think you can watch it stream here http://www.ustream.tv/ltktv

  • Dionte

    This would be so cool.

  • Cold_dead_fingers

    Y u no get invite?

  • Cold_dead_fingers

    Blame Intel for taking so GD long!!! I’m waiting too.

  • mrweid

    sorry to disappoint you all but you won’t see it on ipad 3.