Apple is one of the big tech giants that pays a lot of attention to the design of its devices. As they devote a lot of time in R&D perfecting the look of their products, we see Apple coming up with solutions as the “Digital Crown” in its Apple Watch taking the user interaction with the smart gadget to a whole new level.
This hardware feature lets users create the Zoom-in and zoom-out effect on the watch screen instead of using the “pinch and zoom” function. A handy solution that avoids you having your fingerprint marks all over the screen.
Moreover, with the Digital Crown, users can also roll the apps up and down the display. Similarly, other functions included that a hard press on this button would take the user back to the home screen.
With the many potential uses, the Cupertino-based tech giant has applied for patents which show it wants to bring the same hardware feature into its other devices like the iPad and iPhone.
The patents show the advantage of using the Digital Crown with these devices that potentially brings better user interactivity.
One part of the patent shows the use of Digital Crown working along with the “interface cube”. It allows users to rotate the cube allowing you to read everything written on each side of it.
Additionally, the patent application reveals that Digital Crown might also incorporate the haptic feedback. Below is the exact script of what the patent applications reads:
“Some electronic devices may include mechanical inputs, such as buttons and/or switches. These mechanical inputs can control power (i.e., on/off) and volume for the electronic devices, among other functions. However, sometimes these mechanical inputs can fail to give a user tactile feedback, such as the “click-click-click” feeling of winding a mechanical alarm clock with a knob”-Apple patent application.