Apple is looking into bringing the Apple Watch's Force Touch feature and 3D gestures to the next iPhone

Apple is looking into bringing the Apple Watch's Force Touch feature and 3D gestures to the next iPhone
If you are in Apple's infinite news loop, you surely know the Apple Watch has a pressure-sensitive touch screen. The so-called "flexible retina display" allows for a "press and hold" mechanic, as well as other tactile shortcuts - can the Apple Watch become the first watch to support double-click? Why not! But that's not the point. 

The point is that Apple is toying around with a new technology that's not on the mobile market, and its eponymous wearable is only one among other products that will explore it. What other products? Well, what else has Apple' written on it and a touchscreen ripe for experiments? The iPhone, of course! 

According to a report from Taiwan, Apple is looking to turn the watch's Force Touch technology into a 3D pressure sensor that could make it into the next iPhone. It is said that US-based Avago Technologies will become a sole component supplier for the new feature. Previously, Avago worked on the Nintendo Wii's gesture sensing technology, which played out quite well for the console!

The source says that Apple is considering this "3D Touch" technology for the "iPhone 6S", but Cupertino is known for introducing the latest risky technology to its products only when it's 100% sure that A) its time has come and B) it makes business sense. So we don't really expect to see Tim Cook showing iOS's new 3D gesture controls this September, although there's always room for surprises!


source: UDN via G For Games

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25 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'm with it, go for it Cook.

15. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Cook needs to hurry up and cook up our iWatches. My body is ready.

17. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I was hoping that have one by Valentines Day. April will be here soon though, looking forward.

22. Mutation.X

Posts: 185; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

My money and body and soul is ready. Apple we believe in you. Yet again we have succeeded. Me and Mxzyptlk and Darkkjedii will be camping prior overnight.

23. Mutation.X

Posts: 185; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

What do you say you lot.....?

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I say, when PA finds out you're Arte 8800, they're gonna ban your stupid ass for the 13th time.

2. dirtydirty00

Posts: 427; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

does this "apple watch" really exist? lol. when does last years model get released?

9. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Comment doesn't even make sense.

11. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Yes, it does. Apple held off releasing it a year earlier due to the dismal battery issues. Which aren't gonna get any better because of the size of the battery. Sad, the watch won't even last 1/2 the flights in the USA.

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

No it doesn't makesense. It's duhhhh, that the watch exists troll.

3. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

What a coincidence, I was thinking about this a moment ago. this will undoubtedly change the way people interact with smartphones (except the 3D part, just don't count me in). Force touch does seem like something to keep an eye on.

4. epic_ninja420

Posts: 129; Member since: Nov 18, 2014

Didn't the Blackberry Storm already do this?

5. tedkord

Posts: 17131; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Yep. +5 char

10. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

I don't think you understand the tech which is why you are asking the question. You are so, caught up in wanting to say another phone has already done this. What Blackberry did is why the storm was one of the worst phones it ever put out. Had they put out blackberry 10 then, they would be in a much different position.

12. tedkord

Posts: 17131; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

None of which changes the fact that this is another case of Apple borrowing ideas from others. Which is fine, except for the fact that if the roles were reversed, Apple fans would be up in arms about copying and Apple would be filing lawsuits.

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Man I had the Storm, that thing was terrible. It turned me off from BB to this day, and when I say terrible.....I mean TERRIBLE!!!

6. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

High resolution animations on a screen that is 312 x 390? What is high res about that? Also AW does support animations as well, even for watchface and seen a lot of beautiful ones already.

8. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

I guess when you factor is the screen size of the watch, it makes it high res.

14. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2125; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

This is first gen. It will get to at least 720x720 by next year.

16. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I seriously doubt that, that would mean they have a screen of over 600 ppi. And would be completely unnecessary. So no...

7. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

I would imagine this will be in t he next iPad as well.

13. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I don't see what the big deal is, there are phones that do this already. Example, the Galaxy Note Edge. The screen on the side is designed to not except a quick touch in case it was accidental. This has nothing to do with how sensitive the screen is. Sensitivity comes in on capacitive touch do the screen adjustment capabilities to what type of material may be touching it and yet still respond. Your fingers easily break the plane on the electrons that flow in the screen both vertically and horizontally. Usually wearing gloves prevents this breakage, thus the screen doesn't respond. But on other displays, like on the Note and S, you can raise this intensity/sensitivity so that the breakages happens no matter what the material is. With this force touch, it has nothing to do with how hard or soft you press, it is for how long. When you perform a solid touch, it simply meant you held your finger their longer. The timing is control by the software. So if the software is set to not respond to a touch that lasted on 0.0005 then the device will simply not respond until you have touch for a period lasting longer than the set time. This has been around for quite some time on very large touch displays for a while. This is very common in the old days with displays used for presentations. They had a timer that could be set based on how long you could touch the display before it changed. This allowed for am instructor to use his stick to point quickly and nothing happens. Then if they lay the point down for a certain amount of time, the display respond with something like an animation or, moving to the next slide in the presentation. Scaling it down to fit and work on a smaller display is not hard, because it isn't controlled by the hard, its in the software. Much like how a mouse works.

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Dude give the long drawn out anti Apple rants a rest. No one cares, those who want the watch will buy it, those who don't wont. Stop wasting your battery.

21. illusionmist

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 29, 2013

"With this force touch, it has nothing to do with how hard or soft you press, it is for how long." Which is simply not true.

24. Mutation.X

Posts: 185; Member since: Feb 09, 2015

So what. We still love Apple. And believe in the one and only. Apple is the best. A gift from God.

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