Apple’s next mouse may give its users “haptic feedback,” likely in the form of a vibrating response when being pressed, according to a patent uncovered by Apple Insider’s Mikey Campbell.
The patent describes a new mouse that can incorporate a force sensor, which would detect the amount of pressure a user puts on the mouse at any given time.
Take a look at Apple’s design for the mouse:
The mouse’s sensor should allow it to distinguish between different actions — like clicking an icon or opening a folder — and provide differentiated feedback.
It’s unclear when or if Apple will release a new mouse. Apple Insider notes the Magic Mouse is five years old, but it wouldn’t make sense for Apple to release a peripheral alongside a new iPhone or smartwatch. A touch-sensitive Mac, on the other hand, is a different story.
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