Apple Is Testing “Force Touch” Technology For iPhone 6S
Apple is reportedly testing its technologies for the next iteration of iPhones. In the latest reports, Apple is planning to add sensors in iPhones that will help in providing “Force Touch” technology, which is currently found in forthcoming MacBook and Apple Watch.
The “Force Touch” allows the device to distinguish between a press and a tap. It does so by sensing how hard the user has pressed against the screen. It is found in Apple Watch and the Cupertino company believes “it is the most significant new sensing capability since Multi-Touch.”
It will open the gate for new type of apps that can rely on this information to provide better interactivity. For example, a piano app can play different sounds depending upon how hard the certain key is pressed. Moreover, it will give rise to interactive games that can be even more addictive.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Apple plans to bring Force Touch to the next iteration of iPhones, and also cited the suppliers.
This further confirms the rumors that Apple will bring Force Touch to iPhones that are to be released later this year.
I believe that smartphones are reaching their saturation point, and there is not much innovation left in this domain. As we can see from the smartphones currently being released, there are very minor differences among the latest models and their predecessors. For example, LG G3 was bigger in size and featured 2K display unlike its predecessor G2. Similarly, Samsung has introduced a curved-edged screen, along with better specs.
The little things that help companies distinguish their smartphones from others are these little features such as Turbo Charging and now this Force Touch. Not only these features should be added, but they should be useful to the user. Apple, being good at innovation, excels at introducing such new features in every iteration and these are the innovations that help them in selling record-breaking number of units.
It is worth noting that Apple does not always bring features it tests with suppliers to the final devices. Apple had tried to put Force Touch into the first iPhone 6 that was launched last year. However, Apple Insider reported that the company ditched those plans because of “calibration” issues.
Following the pattern of Apple’s previous releases, the new iPhones will be named iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. These iPhones will be launched in September.
Apple has not officially confirmed whether it plans to introduce Force Touch in iPhone 6s / iPhone 6s Plus or not.