Taptic Engine vs standard vibration motor

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by MoodyM, Sep 27, 2015.

  1. MoodyM macrumors 6502a


    Aug 14, 2008
    What exactly does/can the Taptic Engine do that a standard vibration motor in a mobile phone can't?
  2. asleep, Sep 27, 2015
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2015

    asleep macrumors 68040


    Sep 26, 2007

    You’ll also notice a new default vibration option for text tones in the Settings app. The new default vibration, called Synchronized, replaces the older Staccato default vibration from older devices. Synchronized allows for the Taptic Engine to sync with the sound of a selected text tone. This provides users with a unique vibration that matches each selected text tone, which is really cool.
    With Apple’s new Taptic Engine found in the iPhone 6s, vibrations are now much more subtle, which will make it less likely that anyone besides the iPhone owners knows when a vibration alert is incoming.


    iPhone 6 Plus (left) versus iPhone 6s Plus

    Along with the new Synchronized vibration, you’ll find a new Accent vibration, which is the default for Ringtone vibration on the iPhone 6s. Apple’s motivations for using the new Taptic Engine likely stemmed from its inclusion of 3D Touch, a feature that heavily benefits from the nuanced vibration patterns that the old vibration motor couldn’t accommodate...​
  3. Olllllie macrumors newbie

    Apr 14, 2015
    Gets to full-speed instantly, which results in extremely precise feedback.
  4. redman042 macrumors 68030


    Jun 13, 2008
    It can do a much wider variety of patterns. It taps you when you peek, and double taps you when a peek is not available.

    Normal vibrates are smoother and just feel nicer.
  5. Arran macrumors 601


    Mar 7, 2008
    Atlanta, USA
    From a functional angle, it's quieter.

    From a business angle, It can be patented, branded, marketed and protected. Notice how on the watch and 6s teardown photos, the Taptic Engine is prominently branded?
  6. Newtons Apple Suspended

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I believe the old one rotated where the Taptic motor is linear and goes back and forth on a single plane. Some will like and other will hate as you can not hear it, but that is the whole idea. I find it much more private as the old vibrator could be heard by anyone around you.

    I find it a big improvement.
  7. tonnyhu macrumors newbie


    Jul 4, 2018
    What Is Tapatic ENGINE
    There are two basic types of vibration motor. An eccentric rotating mass vibration motor (ERM) uses a small unbalanced mass (we usually call it eccentric weight) on a DC motor, when it turns it creates a centrifugal force that translates to vibrations. A linear vibration motor contains a moving mass attached to a wave spring, which creates a force when driven.

    ERM vibration motor

    Z-axis Linear Vibration Motor
  8. nordique macrumors 65816

    Oct 12, 2014
    been one of my favourite things about iPhones since the 6s

    Taptic feedback is great!
  9. Julienne macrumors member


    Apr 26, 2018
  10. mclana macrumors newbie


    Aug 14, 2018
    i think Taptic Engine is much greater than a standard vibration motor.

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