Multitouch on the back of an iPhone?

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by lancastor, May 5, 2012.

  1. lancastor macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2011
    So, we have the Multitouch "Magic Mouse" from Apple and it works great. We have Multitouch on the display of iDevices. So I often thougt, when I hold the iPhone in my hands: it would be great to navigate through an webpage with Multitouch on the back of the iPhone.

    Try it out. Hold your iPhone and one hand and try to virtual scroll with your forefinger through an webpage.

    What do you think about that feature?
  2. Tyler23 macrumors 603


    Dec 2, 2010
    Atlanta, GA
    I don't think this could ever work. It would make simply holding the phone complicated..having to be sure to hold it in such a way to not accidentally perform some unintentional touch command.

    Also, many users have cases on their phones, preventing them from even making direct contact with the back of the phone.

    Neat in theory, but in no way practical or plausible..
  3. Ay_Zimmy macrumors 6502

    Jan 9, 2010
    Long Island, NY
    Actually, I think they were trying something with a multitouch back, which could also be the reason why they need to switch their casing and make it waterproof. If the phone is going to require use from the back side, you can't have a case on it. Although I'm not entirely sure that Apple will implement it into their iPhone, they were working on a steering wheel that could use touch commands I believe. It's an interesting concept. We just don't know how to put it to good use without Apple doing that for us.
  4. d0vr macrumors 6502a

    Feb 24, 2011
    Yeh, it's great in theory, and it's been tried out on other mobile prototypes, but it just doesn't feel natural to me.


    Which is why it probably won't happen, too many people crave to be able to customize their phone with cases - it could easily turn many people to another device.
  5. ajvizzgamer101 macrumors 65816

    Mar 3, 2008
    United States
  6. Matthew9559 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 7, 2007
    Cleveland, OH
    Hmm, that could be interesting. Seems like it would be more trouble than it is worth though.

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