Since the Apple invitation for today’s media event reached the public eye, the last written bit has always struck me as odd. I’m not in favour of reading too much into these invitations, but they have carried hints (in previous events) about what subject is going to be approached on stage.
«And touch.» it says. It seems a bit like a waste of copy work to reinforce a very well known feature of a product very well known by everybody (even more with a picture that openly declares which product Apple’s talking about). Unless…
Well, when I read this article on Neowin.net (video) about touch-feedback in the next-gen iPad, there was something that clicked and made sense to me. On one hand, I don’t think it is a required feature for the success of the iPad 3 (or whatever will be called) and, rationally thinking, maybe it is a far-fetched guess. On the other hand, if some sort of touch-feedback technology was considered ready for prime-time, I think Apple would do it in order to distance their products even more from the sparse “competition”.
So, the question is, since there’s barelly any competition for now, wouldn’t the so much agreed upon (by the ‘whole’ written web) 2048 by 1536 pixels retina display be enough to do that?
While the iPad retina display will carry an impressive number of pixels comparing to the 2560 by 1440 pixels of the 27″ iMac display (take a moment and soak that in), there have been a few rumors about retina displays in upcoming competitor’s tablets. I guess at least Samsung isn’t sleeping on the job (and what a great job of “following” Apple they have done).
Regarding this I guess it makes sense for Apple to explore other ways to make the touch-based experience even better. Having tried haptic feedback in an android product with embarrassing results, I figure the touch-feedback tech Apple would go for will/would have to be something else, ‘light-years’ ahead. Nevertheless, as hard as a retina display is of showing off on stage, touch-feedback will be somewhat impossible and only a room with devices for the Press to test will convey any information to consumers before such product reaches the stores.
If this comes to pass, the design and interaction possibilities this new layer of interface brings seem very interesting overall — from games to better accessibility options. This new interaction is what interests me the most.
Just a bit of guessing game before the show. It will all be settled in a few hours, anyway.