Apple details pressure-sensitive touchscreen in new patent

According to AppleInsider, a new patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday, reveals that Cupertino is working on developing different functions based on how hard the user presses the screen.

Called “Touch-sensitive button with two levels,” the document details a touch-sensitive button that is not very different from the home button on the iPhone.

The abstract of the patent reads: “A touch-sensitive depressible button with multiple depression thresholds is provided. When the button is depressed to a first depression threshold, the touch sensor can be switched from a low-power, non-sensing state to a sensing state. When the button is depressed to a second depression threshold, the touch sensor can sense the touch context and input can be generated based on the depression and the touch context. In this way, the touch-sensitive depressible button with multiple depression thresholds can facilitate timely switching of the touch sensor to a sensing state.”

Towards the end, the patent states that a touch screen and an actuator can be considered a “touch-sensitive depressible button.”