Apple is bringing Force Touch, first unveiled for the Apple Watch and the newest MacBook model, to the iPhone at least two years after it started working with suppliers to perfect the pressure-sensitive displays. The feature, which lets users adjust the strength of their screen taps to bring up different functions, is Apple’s latest move to stay ahead of rivals such as Samsung Electronics Co., which this year released its latest Galaxy smartphone with a screen that can be viewed from the side.
The new iPhones are said to come in 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch versions and look similar to current generation devices. Volume manufacturing is expected to ramp up next month.
The Force Touch feature first debuted on the MacBook and has already made its way to the Apple Watch. Apple describes it as the most significant sensing capability since Multi-Touch.
"Force Touch uses tiny electrodes around the flexible Retina display to distinguish between a light tap and a deep press, and trigger instant access to a range of contextually specific controls. With Force Touch, pressing firmly on the screen brings up additional controls in apps like Messages, Music, and Calendar. It also lets you select different watch faces, pause or end a workout, search an address in Maps, and more. Force Touch is the most significant new sensing capability since Multi‑Touch."
Inclusion of Force Touch for the next generation iPhone has been corroborated by numerous sources. Other predictions include a 12MP camera, a Rose Gold color option, 7000 series aluminum, and more.
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