2017 iPhone May Include Enhanced Taptic Engine for More Complex Vibrations

In a report corroborating details about Apple moving towards an elongated three-year period between major iPhone refreshes, or a tick-tock-tock cycle, Japanese website Nikkei claimed that 2017 models will be equipped with a "high-performance motor" able to "create more complex tactile vibrations."

The report does not provide additional details about the new motor, but it is reasonable to assume that Apple could upgrade the Taptic Engine in the 2017 iPhone. The new motor could allow for improvements to both 3D Touch and broader haptic feedback when interacting with the smartphone's display.

The so-called iPhone 8 is expected to have enough major changes, including an edge-to-edge OLED display and glass casing, that at least one analyst predicts Apple will skip the iPhone 7s name entirely as a point of emphasis. The already much rumored device could also have wireless charging and no physical home button.

If rumors predicting Apple will integrate Touch ID into the display on the iPhone 8 prove true, a new Taptic Engine could provide the necessary haptic feedback to simulate pressing the home button, and possibly also for virtual volume, mute, and power buttons made possible by a curved or wraparound display.

The rest of the report corroborates well-known details about the iPhone 7 series due in 2016, reiterating that the next-generation smartphones will retain a similar design as the iPhone 6s series sans a 3.5mm headphone jack. Water resistance and camera and battery improvements should be some of the headline features.

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48 months ago
WOW, I've never ever seen so much talk on an iPhone 2 generations away. Wth is going on
Rating: 32 Votes
48 months ago
The 2016 iPhones are shaping up to be a complete joke of a release
Rating: 24 Votes
48 months ago
Are they trying to get NO ONE to buy the 7? If so, great work!
Rating: 22 Votes
48 months ago
The Beach Boys would be proud.
Rating: 15 Votes
48 months ago
Stock market will love a lack luster iPhone release this year.
Rating: 13 Votes
48 months ago
So, 4D touch?
Rating: 10 Votes
48 months ago
So basically we're already on a 3 year update cycle? 6 - 6S - 6SE
Therefore 2017's iPhone should be iPhone 7, instead of 8.

The so-called iPhone 8

Rating: 9 Votes
48 months ago
Is there going to be a 2016 iPhone, or was the iPhone SE it?
Rating: 8 Votes
48 months ago
Never mind iPhone 7. The anticipation for 2017 iPhone just keeps building up with never ending rumors.
Rating: 7 Votes
48 months ago
User: Complex vibration not working.
Apple: Your holding it wrong.
Rating: 6 Votes

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