Apple suppliers said to have started mass-producing Force Touch parts for upcoming iPhone 6S series

Apple suppliers said to have started mass-producing Force Touch parts for upcoming iPhone 6S series
According to insider sources quoted by Taiwanese publication Digitimes, Apple's supply chain partners have started mass-producing Force Touch parts for the upcoming iPhones, expected to be called the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6S Plus.

As some may recall, multiple reports suggested in the past few months that the upcoming iPhone 6S and 6S Plus will borrow the display-mounted pressure sensing technology that Apple originally debuted on the Apple Watch this past Spring.

TPK, one of the companies that make Force Touch parts allegedly announced that it will start mass-producing components in July. TPK did not mention Apple as the customer for these parts, but it should be noted that, at least at the moment, Apple is the only company that uses Force Touch in its devices.

The report also claims that somewhere between 36 and 40 million iPhones will be manufactured in the September quarter, with the number rising to 50 million in the December quarter. Note that these are mere estimates, and these numbers should be taken with a grain of salt.

According to rumors, the Apple iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus will come with a design that's highly similar to that of current-generation iPhones, but with some internal improvements such as a faster Apple A9 chipset, 2GB of RAM, a 12MP primary camera with RBGW pixels, and a 5MP secondary shooter. Other sources suggested that the iPhone 6S series will be made out of 7000-series aluminum, a sturdier build material compared to the aluminium alloy used on the iPhone 6 series. Apple is said to unveil its two new iPhones in September.

source: Digitimes



1. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Force touch home button would be neat.

2. hellonerds

Posts: 334; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

I wonder how this will impact the battery life.. wouldn't this suck up more battery? Maybe this will be in the plus version only as it can have more room for battery..

4. BobbyBuster

Posts: 854; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

It isn't Android. Don't worry.

7. drunkenjay

Posts: 1671; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

of course it isnt, iphone has worse battery life.

12. nepalisherpa

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

As a Note 4 and an iPhone 6 Plus user, I have to disagree. I see a better battery life with iPhone 6 Plus than my Note 4.

17. ameran

Posts: 344; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

I tell you why. You use your Note 4 50% more than the iphone, because most of the features on Note 4 aren't available on iPhone.

22. nepalisherpa

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

You are incorrect, sir/ma'am! Note 4 is my work phone and I only use it for emails and work-related calls. I use 6 Plus for everything else (games/browsing/chat/sms/you name it).

36. AlikMalix unregistered

...and most of the features on iPhone are not available on Note 4, what's your point?

38. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

Most? Which ifone features are not available on the Note 4?

33. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Of course because your iPhone 6 Plus is just your back up phone, definitely it will last longer than Note 4.

39. kevin91202

Posts: 642; Member since: Jun 08, 2014

Disagree. I have only limited exposure to both products, but in my experience, the Note 4 appeared to have better battery life, especially standby time.

32. darkkjedii

Posts: 31041; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Im shocked you don't give Android the credit it deserves, yet you praise iOS, even though it's been junk the last two years. Let's keep it real dude, iOS has fallen off big time in the QC department, and it's weak stability directly affects its performance. They can count me out this year, if iOS 9 is anything like iOS 8 stability wise. Even my Air 2 acts up, and it's a much more powerful device. I know i know...nobody makes money with Android.

10. Plutonium239

Posts: 1215; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Don't you get it? Apple doesn't care if your Iphone lasts all day on a single charge, otherwise they would put better batteries in the phone. Apple has always cheaped out on the battery and always will. They like to preserve their insane profit margin on the Iphone. The Iphone is the majority of Apple's income.

3. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Glad to hear front camera upgrade if it's true. Hope the force touch not problematic. Can't wait. Think the plus is my next phone.

5. radhawnms

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 14, 2014

any news about battery more or less ?

6. buccob

Posts: 2968; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

What are currently the uses of Force Touch? What's the potential about it?

11. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

The only real practical use is to save space in replacement of mechanical parts like laptop trackpads and buttons. I could see Apple replacing the iPhone home button with a haptic one, especially if they can calibrate it to the extent they did the new MacBook trackpads.

8. DevilsAdvocate

Posts: 47; Member since: Jun 28, 2014

How beautifully they hide their protruding camera and guess what no one bats an eye!

9. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

I think this is going to be the end of using phones with cracked screens.

14. iusshpandeh

Posts: 250; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

Apple is ready to welcome us to 2013 this year! :D

25. gaming64 unregistered

Android didn't have 64-bit chips+touch-based fingerprint scanners in 2013(maybe some Chinese devs had though)

15. InsertUsernameHere

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 31, 2014

I can't wait for this.

20. Evan_C

Posts: 153; Member since: Dec 15, 2014

ready to upgrade from my 5s

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 31041; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

C'mon Apple. Make me want this device.

24. gaming64 unregistered

Still no official specs release from Apple. I hope September wouldn't be disappointing like last year.

27. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agreed. While I like the look of the 6/6+, the software left a lot to be desired. Here's hoping Apple increases the specs and fixes the many software issues with the release of the 6s/6s+ and iOS 9.

30. darkkjedii

Posts: 31041; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Massive stability issues plaguing iOS 8. I'm hoping they don't carry over to iOS 9. A few carried over from 7 to 8, so I won't be shocked if it happens this time. No matter what though, if the new iPhone doesn't get 100% of iOS 9 (mainly multitasking), it's a no go for me. I'll just update my 6+, and pair it with the N5 or Edge plus I buy.

28. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 2012

Note 5 or 6s plus. Hmmm? At least Note 5 reviews be out while seeing what iPhone specs will be.

31. darkkjedii

Posts: 31041; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly! By the time they announce the S, on 9-8-15, the new Galaxy's should be available for purchase. The Galaxy's are a no brainier, the iPhone's a crapshoot this year, cause we don't know if they'll jerk us by withholding multitasking, to bolster iPad sales. This is the first year I'm on the fence with an iPhone, and a shoe in with Galaxy.

34. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Something tells me Samsung galaxy S7 is going to suddenly have its own version of force touch

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