Apple’s New Patent Talks About a Mobile Device with “Squeeze Detection”

BY Chethan Rao

Published 18 Jun 2018

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Apple files several patents on a regular basis, but not all of them manage to get us excited. A new patent for a “Mobile Electronic Device with Squeeze Detection,” however, has the tech world talking.

The patent description suggests that this is a mobile device that allows users to interact using a squeeze gesture. For those unaware, the HTC U11, as well as the Google Pixel 2, has a similar feature on board, allowing users to launch some features on the device with a squeeze.

The patent mentions that squeezing the sides of the phone will allow users to launch the menu or open Siri, making this a pretty useful feature.

Here’s an excerpt from the patent describing its features “A force sensing compliant enclosure for an electronic device may include at least one deformable housing wall. At least one strain concentration portion may be located on the deformable housing wall where strain caused by application of a force that deforms the deformable housing wall is greater than at other portions of the deformable housing wall.”

Apple patents several new technologies under its radar, but seldom do all of them make the final cut with new iPhones. While we’re not sure if this particular feature will ever see the light of the day, it’s clear that the company is looking to add more gestures to iPhones to remain competitive in the industry.

Would you buy an iPhone with “squeezable” sides? Let us know in the comments below.