The smartphone market is a mature one and as such, with every new smartphone release, manufacturers are finding it increasingly difficult to make them more amazing. Instead, we are looking mostly at improvements to existing features, like better quality cameras, smarter cameras, and so on.
That being said, in a recently discovered patent, it seems that Apple could have an idea for a groundbreaking display for the iPhone, in which it could potentially allow users to “feel” textures through the display itself. What this means is that if you were looking at an object on your screen, it could in theory mimic the feel of said object, like wood, metal, fur, and so on.
We’re not sure what kind of practical uses such a display could have, but it would definitely be very different. Apple has attempted to come up interesting display tech in the past, like they did with 3D Touch, a pressure-sensitive display. However, that did not exactly pan out, leading Apple to ultimately drop the feature from its 2019 iPhones.
We have heard that the company could also be looking to bring the iPad Pro’s ProMotion display tech to the 2020 iPhone, where it would introduce a 120Hz refresh rate, but that remains to be seen.