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Immersion, a company that develops and licenses haptic feedback technologies, today announced it has reached a settlement and licensing agreement with Apple. The terms of the deal are confidential.

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Immersion describes itself as the leading innovator of haptic feedback systems, with more than 2,600 issued or pending patents. The company, headquartered in San Jose, California, says its technology has been adopted in more than three billion consumer electronic devices across several industries.

Immersion had filed a pair of lawsuits against Apple in early 2016, accusing the company of infringing on its patents with its haptic feedback technologies such as 3D Touch and the Taptic Engine on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, and Force Touch on the first-generation Apple Watch and various MacBook trackpads.

Article Link: Apple and Immersion Reach Licensing Agreement After Legal Battle Over 3D Touch and Taptic Engine
 
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Gashole

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Is this why 3D Touch is rumored to be left out of the new 6.1" LCD iPhone? I use 3D Touch all of the time and would miss it greatly.
 

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Looks like Immersion hit the jackpot :eek:

I also wonder if apple will stop or diminish its use of Force touch now
 
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Gashole

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Why would it be left out? they agreed to a license.

That's my question too. From the article https://www.macrumors.com/2018/01/28/ming-chi-kuo-2018-iphone-rumors/:

The rumored 6.1-inch iPhone is shaping up to be a lower-priced iPhone X with some design compromises, which Kuo previously said will include an aluminum frame, a lack of 3D Touch, a single rather than dual lens rear camera, and 3GB of RAM, which will be less memory than other new 2018 iPhones have.
 

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That seems more like withholding features from a phone model to make the higher tiered models more attractive. If 3D Touch were the only feature missing then it would hold more credence. To me, what that quote describes is basically, "If you want that sweet 3D Touch, Binocular Dual Lenses, and Goo Gobs of RAM... get this phone. Otherwise we have this other thing on offer for the more plebeian customer. Don't be plebeian Gashole, don't be."
 

Gashole

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Haha! You're probably right. I just find it backwards that they push for 3D Touch since its inception, include it in every phone since the 6s, and then pull it from the mainstream iPhone version. From a developer perspective, they're limiting their user base and there is less incentive to develop for 3D Touch.
 
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Haha! You're probably right. I just find it backwards that they push for 3D Touch since its inception, include it in every phone since the 6s, and then pull it from the mainstream iPhone version. From a developer perspective, they're limiting their user base and there is less incentive to develop for 3D Touch.
Indeed, (one more) stupid decision, if true
 
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