The Taptic Engine inside Apple’s new Force Touch trackpad, which is built into the new MacBook and MacBook Pro, does more than just provide a satisfying click. As the latest iMovie for Mac update demonstrates, it also has the potential to help us “feel” apps.
Yes, that sounds crazy, I know — but it also makes a lot of sense. In iMovie, for instance, the Force Touch trackpad provides feedback that’s actually helpful to you while you’re working.
“When dragging a video clip to its maximum length, you’ll get feedback letting you know you’ve hit the end of the clip,” explains freelance film editor Alex Gollner, who first noticed the new Force Touch features in the latest iMovie update.
“Add a title and you’ll get feedback as the title snaps into position at the beginning or end of a clip,” he continues. “Subtle feedback is also provided with the alignment guides that appear in the Viewer when cropping clips.”
While iMovie and countless other apps have long provided us with useful on-screen guidelines, Force Touch can actually enable you to feel different elements.
“In theory, the trackpad should be capable of yielding all sorts of illusions—clicks, indentations, holes, bumps, and other types of bas relief-like textures,” Wired reports.
iMovie certainly won’t be the last Apple app that gets Force Touch features, and you can expect to see them making their way into third-party OS X software, too. And it probably won’t stop there, either.
Recent rumors have claimed Apple is planning to bring Force Touch to the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus this fall, giving us a whole new way to interact with iOS apps.