Apple iPhone 6s display unit appears in photos, possibly revealing changes made for Force Touch?

Apple iPhone 6s display unit appears in photos, possibly revealing changes made for Force Touch?
The Weibo page of Chinese repair firm GeekBar currently displays both sides of a display unit allegedly being produced for the next iteration of the Apple iPhone. While there aren't any cosmetic changes to speak of on the outside of the unit, inside there are a couple of new wrinkles that might have to do with the inclusion of the Force Touch feature expected on the phone.

One such change to the Apple iPhone 6s display unit is a rectangular cutout located toward the top of the screen. An unknown component appears to be protruding through the opening. There is speculation that this will be a grounding insert. Apple also appears to be moving away from using clips and screws for the metal shielding on the back of the display unit, and has turned to rivets for all four sides of the part.

Could this be related to the heavy-fingered touches to the screen expected with Force Touch? The feature allows the screen to differentiate between a regular touch-input on the display, and a heavier touch. Both inputs would be start different functions on the phone. For example, a regular tap could start a video, while a heavier touch on the screen could raise the volume. The feature is already employed by the Apple Watch. Unlike a long-press, which is determined by the amount of time the user taps the screen, Force Touch is based on how hard the screen is touched.

While suppliers are said to have just started manufacturing components needed for Force Touch, Apple is expected to unveil the Apple iPhone 6s and Apple iPhone 6s Plus at a media event next month. One rumored date for the event is September 11th, with the new iPhone models launching on September 18th.

Besides Force Touch, the next-generation iPhones are expected to be made from Series 7000 aluminum to prevent bending. They should be powered by the new Apple A9 chipset and are rumored to have a 12MP camera on back, up from the 8MP rear camera on the current iPhone models.


source: GeekBar via AppleInsider

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25 Comments

2. iusshpandeh

Posts: 250; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

This year Apple will welcome us to 2013! Apple plays catchup and sad thing is it never catches up!

4. gaming64 unregistered

Does Microsoft and Blackberry count in your "catch-up"?

15. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Are Microsoft and blackberry charging premium prices for their phones?

5. gaming64 unregistered

Does Microsoft and Blackberry count in your "catch-up"?

6. gaming64 unregistered

Just dont see any advantages in applying Force Touch though. Hope they they add more features in iOS 9 that would make it a lil more useful

7. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

It's quite useless.

8. gaming64 unregistered

That what you'll always think until big-boy Sammy implements it.

9. Awalker

Posts: 1958; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Why do you think that?

10. gaming64 unregistered

Cause it always comes down to impact. Just get popular, advertise your gimmicky product, attain high public eye interest and everybody will follow you. The market is nothing but cat-and-mouse chases.

16. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I would say no.. I personally checked it out on the Apple Watch and it is simply dumb. Not picking on Apple because it has been done before. Even assigning a task to not to force you to use it doesn't make it better. Basically it is an adaptation of long press and short press. A hard press requires a longer touch and a short press is equal to a light touch. What this is, is Apples way of trying to provide another firm of input because they chose not to offer capacitive buttons. Samsung devices don't need force touch because we have 2 buttons we can use. There is a device I saw one you can stick to the back of the phone that gives you'll program able buttons. Samsung is working on similar but would be built into the phone's casing making it invisible. I think that would be better than force touch. A technology isn't always better simply because you give it some fancy name. Like Retina Display for example which means nothing. Touch ID however is a better implementation of a fingerprint reader. But it has always existed. All you need is a button large enough to get a print without a swipe. I have it on the S6. Do I like it? Nope. I found it to be quirky even using it on my wife's iPad. She got so frustrated I turned it off. Apple has over 200BN, the iPhone should be better. It should have quad core cpus, more ram, full mutitasking and a better one handed mode. Now Apple is loading useless gimmicky features that wil.do more harm than good. After all look at the watch. Even if Samsung copies it doesn't make a diffwrence. Samsung fans don't think like this, only Apple fans do. It's better when whoever offers it offers it in a better way, no matter who the brand is.

29. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

I will admit Apple isn't using Force touch to its full potential, but calling force touch simply dumb or useless is simply short sighted and simple stupidity. Force Touch adds a third means of touch. You can tap, and long tap, and now you can force touch, Bringing a 3rd option to an input device. A hard press does not requires a longer touch.. i am able to hard touch and soft touch without the need to do a longer touch...something often older folks cant get the hang off. And the problem with Samsung bottens is that it takes up real estate that could be better used...force touch would be a huge help to Samsung and increasing screen and decreasing bessal real estate.

19. FluffyBled unregistered

It will be quite useful if implemented the way a post above explains! Check the link!

25. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

No that's what I will always think because it is useless.

11. Tizo101

Posts: 515; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

I wonder, why force touch is a big thing on phonearena.

12. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Forced touch is one thing, but are they adding the haptics engine along with it?

14. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

what is the point of that force touch, better would be to have more than 720p screen and battery life for at least 1 full day.

23. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

On macs they give you easier access and more option browsing through the OS. I guess they are stupid not to find useful features it can provide for iOS.

26. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Having an icon to click to do those things through software or have a ctrl+couple other buttons to do it will always be superior to anything force touch related. The only things in the world that actually need to be pressure sensitive are gas and brake pedals, camera shutter buttons, and the occasional stylus. If youtube videos needed it they would have done it a long long time ago. It's flat out useless.

18. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I would rather that Apple started using AMOLED displays, bigger batteries, better multitasking and a quick charge method. A phone with such a small battery still taking over 2 hours to charge is just lame. Samsung Electronics has less money than Apple, yet they are at least offering innovations to their products vs adding useless junk with marketing phoney names.

22. gaming64 unregistered

Well there's always a company that innovates and one who's not. I praise Samsung for their innovations. Now, if you please, stop ranting.

24. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

You lost me when you said apple adds useless junk compared to samsung the king of useless features that exist only for marketing.

27. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Samsung adds everything to experiment. Apple never experiments and only add useless things for marketing. That's a huge difference.

33. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Apple cant use AMOLED displays, no manufacturer would be able to meet apples demands, samsung struggles to meet its own demand for AMOLED displays and has more often than not missed its own targets. Its going to be a very long time till Apple gets AMOLED displays at no fault of their own. Apple isn't a manufacturer company. And every phone needs bigger batteries i still haven't meet one phone (including my brothers note 4) that can last 2 days. Apple's current multitasking is more than fine.. i am able to use multiple apps with minimal reloading time and thats if my apps reload which isn't a common thing. I use both Android and Apple... there isnt a big time gap between Android and Apple multitasking. quick charge would be nice. Samsung gives you innovations with little use for them.. the edge of the note edge for example huge innovation, but it had almost no use apart from the limited use that samsung could come up with....it was a joke, Samsung has a lot of great feature that just feel like they are half built or just gimmicky and desperate... and when i used the Note 4...i barely ended up using half of its features making it feel kinda bad....most people wont use these features...i guess thats why most people dont buy the note. Apple doesn't "play around" it will give you a few features that they know you need or will use, Sadly since ios 8.. apple now has a huge problem with "it just works" and hopeful with ios 9 it will return. Ps. Samsung add more useless junk with marketing phoney names than any other.

20. Wulfgardr

Posts: 73; Member since: Oct 29, 2014

It's just another layer of interaction. The concept made by the android dev up there is neat. I am looking forward to use ForceTouch as a universal and contextual action for each application. It should be quite nice :)

28. Fire5

Posts: 314; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

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