Apple iPhone 6s rumored to come with Force Touch and the Taptic Engine

Apple iPhone 6s rumored to come with Force Touch and the Taptic Engine
Those familiar with the prototypes currently being tested by Apple say that the 4.7-inch Apple iPhone 6s (internal code N71) and the 5.5-inch Apple iPhone 6s Plus (internal code N66) will both contain a pair of features first used by Apple on the Apple Watch. Those two are Force Touch and the Taptic Engine.  Force Touch, which Apple calls its "most significant new sensing capability since Multi-Touch," will use technology that allows the screen to sense how hard you are pressing on it. One person close to Apple said that the feature was going to be used on the Apple iPhone 6, but "calibration issues" forced the company to reconsider its plans. With Force Touch, a stronger tap on the screen represents a different input compared to a weaker tap on the same spot.

Using haptic feedback on the iPhone 6s in the form of the Apple Watch's Taptic Engine technology would allow users to feel vibrations in varying strengths. With the phone in your hand, a subtle vibration might be able to give you a clue about a notification without having to look at the screen on your handset. And this could be quite an interesting tool for game developers to use (as Force Touch could be, as well).

One rumored feature, a dual rear-camera system similar to the Duo camera used on the HTC One (M8), has been allegedly shot down by Apple because of the lack of room inside the device to fit the required components. As it is,the protruding camera on the new iPhone models created something of an uproar when first introduced.

This is the third time we've seen a rumor about the next-gen iPhone employing Force Touch, so there could be something to this speculation.

source: AppleInsider

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68 Comments

1. maherk

Posts: 6705; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Force touch will be an amazing feature for those who love racing games.

28. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Well considering how slim phones are, I don't think you'd have a lot of flex to it, so accurately using it for games might be quite tricky?

2. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

You are pro Apple today!!!!!!!

3. TyrionLannister unregistered

Isn't force touch the same as the pressure sensitivity on wacom powered devices, just with fingers. Awesome

19. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Yes, this is exactly what it is, and a lot of touchscreens (though granted not phones) support it. Wondering a little on how it will work with the phone though since it has some drawbacks, though that said, there are ways to simulate it even with normal touch screens, by how much of the finger surface actually is touching the screen so yeah.

68. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

No, force touch is not same as pressure sensitivity.. force touch detects the pressure of the touch.. the time required to soft and hard press is the same compared to a press and a hold you have with pressure sensitivity.

4. engineer-1701d unregistered

other than pressing the break and gas i see no reason for it, i call this GIMMICK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! of the year

40. erikiksaz

Posts: 170; Member since: Apr 22, 2010

What else is new? It's Apple. They've given a nickname to the vibrator because they ran out of other things to trademark.

5. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

Apple is by far the most innovative tech company ever. Taptic Engine Will Change the way we use our Phones.

6. Saioofi

Posts: 336; Member since: May 23, 2014

most innovative? Lol just because they came up with something innovative doesn't mean they're "the most innovative" tech company

18. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

It doesn't?

20. tedkord

Posts: 17133; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

No. Especially when it's just the same thing others have already done, repackaged and given a different name.

33. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

If it's not Apple then who is? Who is the most innovative?

38. vincelongman

Posts: 5625; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

You'll hate it, but probably Samsung Mainly since they their hand in everything The make among the best: Phones, laptops, TVs, cameras, fridges, dishwashers, ovens,... Screens (curved, flexible, Amoled, PLS, quantum dot displays) Memory (3D Nand, UFS 2.0, DDR4/LPDDR4 RAM, eMMC 5.1) ARM processers (7420 looks like it is far better than the 810) Processor processes (14nm, second only to Intel) ePoP (used in the 5430/Alpha and 5433/Note 4, combines the AP, RAM and eMMC/UFS, instead of only the AP and RAM in your average SoC) That's just of the top of my head There's probably far more I haven't heard of

47. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

I give you the amoled screens as the most innovative thing samsung has ever done.. The rest you mentioned is basically BS, nothing worth remembering or mentioning. I have samsung number 11 in my top 10 list of innovative companies.

55. vincelongman

Posts: 5625; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Lol If their PLS screens are BS why do you use them in your Retina MacBooks Pros and iPads? If 14nm & ePoP is BS why are you switching back to Samsung for your A9, and A9X, (and A9XX for iPad Plus?) If their memory is BS why do you use their memory in your Macs, MacBooks and iOS devices There's a reason Samsung tops the world in terms of R&D spending

42. tedkord

Posts: 17133; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Most innovative? I don't know all companies, or what all companies are doing, so I can't possibly answer that. But of the companies I do know (limiting it to the electronics/tech sector), Google is more innovative (and recognized as such by business journals that rate such things). Sony. Heck, even Samsung.

48. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

The most innovative thing Google has done is Buy Android.. At least Apple has the strength to make their own hardaware and software, they never beg anyone.. I have Google number 9 in my top 10 innovative.

51. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Make their own hardware? Are you kidding me? Most of their hardware is made by others, they put it in a nice box and put very good software on it. They said it themselves a lot of times, they are a software company. Not a hardware one.

57. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

if most of their hardaware is made by others then why their devices are so well optimised? you are talking nonsense, other companies simply produce what apple tells them... And yes some components are bought from other companies..that's normal. Samsung takes the entire software from someone else, Google takes the entire hardaware from someone else. Are you telling me Apple is in the same level of laziness with them?

59. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Because they know precisely what's in them. And yes they sort of designed their own cpu. But mostly they buy existing hardware and techniques. I'm not saying this is a bad thing, just saying they aren't that innovative when it comes to hardware. Just very good at combining hardware that is out there. And you think Google was only innovative because they bought Android. But you forget that most of iOS and most of their hardware is because they bought companies as well. Google doesn't even take hardware from someone else, since they don't sell hardware.Samsung doesn't take their entire software from someone else, there is plenty of Samsung software in a Samsung phone. So please stop talking nonsense as usual.

60. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

Too late to edit, Google doesnt take hardware from someone else that they sell under their own name.

49. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Wait, isn't that Android and all of its devices?

37. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

More #bendgate screens/phone from apple?

7. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

LOL haptic feedback (the generic name) has been on literally every smartphone other than "apple's" for the last half a decade. Why are iFans such hypocrites lol?

16. ScottForstall

Posts: 10; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

It's not about the feature, it's about the implementation.

22. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

I really, really, really doubt Apple will implement it any substantially different way then other phone makers have done, because it is kinda limited to what you would want such feedback on, so it doesn't get confused.

12. das22

Posts: 3; Member since: Apr 06, 2013

Tim Cook, do you mean it's a revolution?!

13. TimCook

Posts: 450; Member since: Oct 23, 2014

Absolutely

14. dirtydirty00

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

apple... pumping out those gimmicks since 1976

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