Apple has been granted a patent for a different kind of input method. This is a strange patent from Apple. It’s for “virtual input tools,” says that patent.
The input method would mean that a virtual representation of a physical input method, such as a trackpad, would appear on the screen. Then you can touch the onscreen trackpad to move the cursor. That’s just one such example, and any onscreen object can be manipulated as it can be with the trackpad.
Honestly, it doesn’t sound quite as intuitive as a regular touchscreen, if that’s where Apple engineers want to go. That said, it’s worth keeping in mind that this is nothing more than a patent granted to Apple. Many times tech companies patent technology in hopes of keeping that idea for themselves. This may be for a “just in case.” Maybe they want to use it later and kind of improve on it. Other times, it’s just to block that idea out, so that others can’t use it.