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Force Touch for iPhone 6S and iOS 9 detailed by new report


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It has long been thought Apple will fit the iPhone 6S with a Force Touch display and now we’ve got the first indications of how that might work.

According to 9to5Mac sources, the tech debuted by the Apple Watch will have a wide range of uses across the iOS 9 operating system on the new handsets.

While the Watch tech is designed to present the wearer with more options that don’t fit on the screen, the larger-screened iteration will enable iPhone 6S users to skip button presses, according to the report.

“There is consistent usage of Force Touch across the operating system to ‘shortcut’ actions,” the source said.

So, for example, within the Maps app, using Force Touch on a pinned destination would immediately begin turn-by-turn directions.

Within the Music app a deeper press would enable the user to summon actions like adding the track to a playlist or save the track for offline listening.

There’ll also be uses on the home screen, according to the report. Users will be able to customise an action for various core apps, such as using Force Touch on the phone app to access Voicemail in a single press.

Some of the Force Touch features from the 2015 MacBook’s trackpad will also be carried over onto the new touchscreen, the report claims.

So, users will be able to see a preview of a website by deep pressing a hyperlink in Safari, while doing likewise for a word will summon a definition.

The company is also planning to open up the tech to third-party developers, the source said.

See also: iPhone 6S: Everything you need to know

If the report turns out to be true Apple will show off the new display at the forthcoming launch event, rumoured to be taking place on September 9.

Would a Force Touch display encourage you to upgrade from an iPhone 6? Share your thoughts below.

Dead Words

August 11, 2015, 5:21 am

To be honest, it just sounds like it would frustrate you a lot. Sure it could be cool at first and maybe eventually you'll get the hang of it but for a long time it seems like you'd constantly do things on accident.


August 11, 2015, 7:47 am

So the equivalent of what could be 'long' press on any other phone, aka equivalent to what you might do as a "left click" on a PC. Sounds like a hardware solution looking for an application :-S

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