Apple and Immersion Reach Licensing Agreement After Legal Battle Over 3D Touch and Taptic Engine

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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
     
  2. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    As they make products, most likely Apple was quick to settle to avoid another pointless lawsuit.
     
  3. 69Mustang macrumors 603

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    This was always going to be the outcome. Not sure why it took so long.
     
  4. Gashole macrumors newbie

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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.
     
  5. 69Mustang macrumors 603

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    Why would it be left out? They agreed to a license.
     
  6. maflynn Moderator

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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
     
  7. Gashole macrumors newbie

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

     
  8. 69Mustang macrumors 603

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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."
     
  9. Gashole macrumors newbie

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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.
     
  10. canesalato macrumors 6502a

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    Indeed, (one more) stupid decision, if true
     
  11. Will.O.Bie macrumors 6502

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    They're gonna pay for technology most people don't use or forget it even exists.
     

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