A small company claims that Apple stole 3D Touch from them
This year Apple included a new type of technology that allows the users to open or do different actions by pressing the touchpad or screen harder. While it was called Force touch in MacBook Pro ( 2015 ) and MacBook Retina, the technology was named as 3D Touch in iPhone 6S/6S Plus.
Recently, a Californian company called Immersion sued Apple for Force Touch and 3D Touch . According to them, they have three patents which has similar elements with Force Touch and 3D Touch. First patent is called “Haptic feedback system with stored effects” which allows previews after light press. Isn’t it the one of the features of the ForceTouch? Second one is named as “Method and Apparatus for Providing Tactile Sensations,” while third one is “Interactivity Model for Shared Feedback on Mobile Devices”. The second and third patent is similar to Haptic Feedback.
Besides of suing Apple, the company filed a complaint with the International Trade Commission (ITC) requesting sale injunction for the devices within U.S.