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iPad pipe dreams: What? No haptic feedback or holograms?

March 9, 2012: 7:10 AM ET

Apple didn't deliver many surprises Wednesday, but it left room to dream 

Haptic tablet. Image: Senseg

Except for Siri, which may come later, and Apple's (AAPL) decision not to give the new device its own name, most of the rumors leading up to Wednesday's iPad unveiling turned out to be true.

That's not to say that there aren't folks out there wishing the company had pushed the technological envelope just a bit further.

A few hours before the event began, Pocket-Lint's Stuart Miles managed to singlehandedly create the short-lived expectation that the new iPad would incorporate Senseg's haptic feedback technology, which can turn a touch screen into a feel screen.

Needless to say, it was not to be.

Also in the realm of the pipe dream: The concept video produced by Aatma Studio -- and viewed nearly 5 million times on YouTube -- in which Retina iPads with edge-to-edge screens, super powerful magnets, near-field communications and holographic displays produce a 3D multiplayer football game that makes Madden NFL look like something from the age of Pong. Check it out below.

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Philip Elmer-Dewitt
Philip Elmer-DeWitt
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt has been following Apple since 1982, first for Time Magazine, and now on the Web for Fortune.com.

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