3D Force Touch on iPhone 6s might pave the way to a button-less future iPhone


One of the big highlights of the new Apple iPhone 6s series is said to be the inclusion of the second generation of Force Touch technology. We've seen the first generation of Force Touch appear on products like the Apple Watch and, a few months later, on the new Macbook, but this time around Apple is said to have improved on it in yet undisclosed ways.

The more interesting scoop around this 3D-like screen with Force Touch comes from 9to5Mac's Mark Gurman, who - when asked about the future of the iPhone lineup and the iPhone 7 family - says that he believes Apple has an idealistic vision of a future iPhone with no buttons, not even the home or volume keys. This paints a picture of a future iPhone that is extremely compact, basically an all-screen, nothing-else type of a gadget.

Let's keep in mind that this is just a juicy speculation, but one that does come from a very knowledgeable and proven Apple analyst. The new Force Touch would indeed open up a host of new interaction possibilities, so we can easily imagine force touching the edges of a display to increase or reduce volume, while the fingerprint sensing functionality could theoretically be moved on screen. At the same time, this could also mean a very fundamental change in user interaction models, and we've seen how such huge changes have ended up in disasters for companies recently (yes, we're looking at you Windows 8).

At the end of the day, though, it is Apple that we can expect such a ground-breaking change from: the company has an established track record when it comes to ditching old technology in favor of yet unproven, but promising new ones.

What do you make of this: do you like the theoretical idea of a buttonless future iPhone with no physical keys and Force Touch instead?



source: 9to5Mac

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16 Comments

1. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Wow how innovative.....oh wait this was already done few years ago by LG!

11. MSi_GS70 unregistered

Unfortunately it doesn't count on purpose.. ppl will ignore that Butwhen apple something says that is like saint and only truth.. ppl are.got totally brainwashed and stupid by this company..

15. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

Which LG phone made a phone with no buttons at all, not even volume buttons ?

2. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I still prefer physical buttons, with Activator on my 4S I have 3 gestures under just home button which I can do with screen turned off. Same goes for volume keys, I hope Samsung will not ditch them because after that every Android OEM will do the same. Anyway, those renders are butt ugly

3. Victor.H

Posts: 1098; Member since: May 27, 2011

Let me clarify that all those pictures are mere conceptual images that I used for illustration purposes.

4. mokhabadi

Posts: 7; Member since: Feb 24, 2012

do you expect a bezel-less phone from Apple??? iphone is one of lowest screen-to-body ratio highend phones!

5. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Iphones are midrange phones and not highend....yes the price is high but that does not make it highend!

8. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

A lot of people would disagree with you on that, I am not one of them though.

6. vuyonc

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 24, 2014

I guess Force Touch has some semblance of a benefit: iPhones might make it to 70% screen to bezel ratio.

7. MSi_GS70 unregistered

Hey parena why you Never wrote even one negative sentence when it comes to iphone ?

14. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

they might not get test unit if they do that :-/ (and so is other OEM)

9. techbuttcheex

Posts: 205; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

Apple will never use virtual buttons like Android. Getting rid of the home button is a software challenge. It's a question of designing the software to exit apps through touch and gesture. The Playstation Vita had an interesting method where you could peel back the corner of each app like virtual paper instead of using it's home button. Solving this problem well is a perfect example of what makes Apple, Apple. And why Android OEMs can't beat them by just throwing specs at the consumer.

10. Kumar123 unregistered

One thing for sure, as soon as Samsung receive message from their industrial spy that Apple will ditch Physical home button they will remove their Super ugly home button as well. On the other hand, Super ugly home button is one of the things that makes galaxy phone looks ugly. So it might be a good thing.

12. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Physical buttons is what I really dont like on Samsung. It gets worn out easily and it takes a little effort to push that home button. A capacitive button should do it.

13. Kumar123 unregistered

Design didn't really change from S3. It been almost 4 years since the S3 launch. All the did was change the material. If you put S3,S4,S5,S6 side by side you will definitely see the there was no fundamental design change in design. Same ugly home button, samsung position for Samsung branding, same ugly speaker grill. Android move way from physical home button long time ago but Samsung still using the capacitive button.

16. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Because of iPhone. If Apple ditch it, Samsung will ditch it also.

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