Bloomberg: Apple iPhone 6S with Force Touch tech to enter volume production as early as next month

Bloomberg: Apple iPhone 6S with Force Touch tech to enter volume production as early as next month
A recent report from Bloomberg suggests that Force Touch, the pressure sensing input technology that Apple debuted earlier this year on its MacBook lineup, will make an appearance on the 2015 iPhone models. Numerous previous rumors hinted at this possibility, but Bloomberg's report certainly lends further credibility to the notion.

First implemented in the 2015 Apple Macbook, Force Touch is the brand name that Apple uses to describe a technology designed to recognize various pressure levels. Basically, the technology works very well to differentiate a tap from a touch.

If this rumor turns out to be accurate, Force Touch will face a maturity test of sorts on the iPhone. On the limited screen real estate of the Apple Watch, the first device to integrate Force Touch under the display, the pressure sensor adds a new input dimension. On smartphones, however, it remains to be seen if the technology will work much better than the simple but effective long tap. Allegedly, Apple has been working on pressure-sensitive displays for more than two years now.

Aside from the new pressure-sensing ability, the report suggests that this year's iPhone models will not be very different compared to the iPhone 6 series. Quoting the usual "people familiar with the matter", the report claims that this year's iPhone models will be true S versions of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, borrowing both their display size and their looks.

Although Apple will avoid some bottlenecks due to the similarity between the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6S series, sources quoted by the report mention that the production schedule could be impacted by the yield of Force Touch enabled display panels. Allegedly, volume manufacturing is scheduled to start as soon as next month.


source: Bloomberg

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118 Comments

1. Busyboy

Posts: 731; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Waiting for the Apple haters calling this a "gimmick" and "every Android has haptic feedback". SMH

2. Athene

Posts: 72; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Why are you waiting for them? Are you looking for a fight? Move on and ignore them, post positively, don't click on content you don't like to see, and enjoy PA's content you are interested in. Simple.

3. dimas

Posts: 3341; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Being skeptic on what tech companies offer is not hating, it's called thinking and using your brain to differentiate a marketing stunt from real world practical applications. If people will ingest everything the business people offers, then our society has gone into the lowest levels of sheeptards and morons.

62. Simona unregistered

Exactly .. Apple owners are so brainwashed and they don't know what they are doing .. Apple will release new thing they will add almost nothing in it and apple lowers going to die to have it ..just bcos it is iphone and new.. They are on lowest level long time go

4. AlikMalix unregistered

Bisboy, what is that Automotive logo on your avatar?

5. Busyboy

Posts: 731; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

It was my logo from an Instagram account I owned.

11. AlikMalix unregistered

You into cars?

26. Busyboy

Posts: 731; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Yeah, why?

28. AlikMalix unregistered

Me Too... Currently have Audi A6 4.2 Quattro S-Line and a project 1984 Porsche (alpine white) second owner, sitting on 9.5X18 and 12X18 staggered (yeah really meaty tires 315mm in the back) but the rest is stock. will be getting head rebuilt with new seals, painting Porsche Orange Head and Intake. Then on to interior, all brand new, with Alpine (CarPlay supported) head, and if budget allows, will reconstruct the front to look more like old Alpha Romeo or Jensen Interceptor or 68 camaro - something like that.. just a succer for open fronts (hate pop-up headlights)... Anyways.. I owned BMW's and even a supercharged VW Corrado (yeh, yellow) as one of my first cars... What are you into?

69. Busyboy

Posts: 731; Member since: Jan 07, 2015

Jeez, not bad. My current first car is a Porsche 944. White body, white rims and a black interior. Got a great deal on it, couldn't miss out. Gotta say, I also really like the Pagani Huayra and Koenigsegg One.

14. kryme

Posts: 468; Member since: Oct 24, 2013

I just don't think force touch should be a selling point for any phone in 2015... Ifans r thinking its the greatest feature ever... It's just like long press to me but maybe they can find a real good way to make it different

15. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

It is. It's useless on a MacBook and Apple Watch and it will be more useless on the iPhone.

18. ecmedic4

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 2013

Please enlighten us on how its so useless? You say that but provide no good reasons. Have you even tried it on the MacBook or Watch? You troll all the time, so my guess is that your only saying that because its Apple. Once samsung comes out with something similar you will praise it and talk how its so much better than Apple's.

29. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Anyone can see that it's useless. It's not necessary and it makes normal software gestures more finicky than anything else. And yes I have tested it,

80. ecmedic4

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 2013

Huh, thats strange since according to a lot of reviewers it is a really nice feature to have. I haven't had a chance to try it out more than a few mins at Best Buy, but I do know that I'm gonna believe tech reviewers over a Apple hating troll. Like I said, once samsung releases something like it and calls it 'pressure touch' or something similar to what Apple calls it, you will no longer consider it a gimmick.

23. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Force touch is by far from useless on a MacBook and Apple Watch.. changing my clock face and editing things by force touch is a lot quicker then going into a menu or getting into settings. its only a matter of time before Android comes out with its own "Force Touch".

27. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Lol you can long press to change a clock face with any touch screen and a simple software solution is superior to finicky levels of pressure. It's useless. The only thing that really needs it is a gas pedal or a camera shutter. It's a gimmick and useless plain and simple. You don't need nothing more than simple analytical skills to see this.

89. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Its not just pressure.. it has the capability tell whether you’re clicking with your thumb or another finger and auto-adjusts to the sensitivity level… something current touch screen can’t do. And try googling “Multi-Touch 2007 iPhone” the iPhones Multi-Touch feature was said to be gimmicky and useless and now every smart phone has it…Force touch will be the same.

68. Iodine

Posts: 1478; Member since: Jun 19, 2014

Of course it is useless for iHaters like you, as you will never use it and the benefit it will offer will go aggainst your main iHating dogma that everything Apple does is bad.

73. willard12 unregistered

We all know the rules. If Apple does it it's innovative. If anyone else does it, gimmick....until Apple does it. The fingerprint scanner that started on the Atrix, gimmick. Multi-window, no longer a gimmick because 1 x Apple device will soon be able to do it. Widgets, notifications, large screens... no longer gimmicks. Digitizers are still a gimmick, for now. Or, if there is a name change, it is no longer a gimmick. When haptic feedback became taptic feedback and long pressing became "force touch", they were no longer a gimmicks. Extra display on the side that displays notifications, sports scores, news, stock prices, weather.....total gimmick until iphone 9s has it, then it will be "implemented right." Trading heartbeats, the ultimate in creative and innovative genius. Long battery life... gimmick, we just charge overnight anyway. Wireless charging, gimmick, you still have to plug in a wire a total of 1 x time in your life (unless you're at Starbucks and then it's never) . You might as well plug it in 2,000 times. Bottom line, if Apple tells us it's great, then it is. Otherwise, gimmick.

83. Athene

Posts: 72; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

I will admit, Apple does implement certain stuff way better than others. Something I often find myself envious of in several aspect of Android. Am I glorifying Apple? Not at all. But to sit here and say Apple doesn't do stuff -BETTER- is ignoring success. As both an Android and iOS user, I know that this is factually correct. Am I saying everything they do is better? Hell no. BUT - they do things better and thats what they're known for.

87. willard12 unregistered

Saying that something is better is a personal opinion and can never be factually correct. If I say that Apple implemented Maps, widgets, multitasking, camera tech, antennas, better then it could simply be a matter of my personal bias towards Apple. But, it wouldn't be a fact.

91. Ninetysix

Posts: 2962; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

The better device is the one that works for me and one that I prefer.

95. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

@WILLARD12 - False. There are things that are factually better, o what an ones opinion is about it. Having $1M dollars is better than having $1.00. Even if you are jealous and say it isnt. The Galaxy S6 is better than both models of the iPhone 6 no matter anyone's opinion. iPhone is the top selling single model, no matter my opinion about it. McDonald's sell millions of hamburgers, no matter how bad for you they are.

105. willard12 unregistered

Having $1M is factually more. If your parents are billionaires and you have access to their money, it is better to have a personal net worth of $1 for tax reasons. You can say the S6 is faster, wins blind camera comparisons, has a crisper display, will have payments that work at 90% of stores......but my grandmother still thinks the iPhone is better. A poll might show that that a majority of people think the S6 is better. But polls are also a matter of opinion. Some people like McDonald's hamburgers, that is their opinion.

117. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I agree 100% with what you said but that isn't what I was saying. You said the following "Saying that something is better is a personal opinion and can never be factually correct." That is a false statement. The are things that are factually better no matter what your personal opinion is. Even if you like whatever device you The S6 is factually better than the iPhone, no matter your opinion. No matter how crappie McDonald's hamburgers are, they still sell more than any burger. My opinion is they are garbage, doesn't effect sales though. If you Ike them for some personal reasons, many of those thing would be factually better no matter your opinion of good or bad.

116. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I didn't say it it was useless. Do we need this? No so thus it is gimmicky feature. It's no less gimmicky than smart-pause, or the edge of the Edge, or some other Samsung feature you all can call gimmicky, but some have found useful. So people think Smart Stay is gimmicky and maybe. But not ha b in g the reset the ice the display turns off and have it stay on while I am just reading and may no touch the screen to make it stay on. But just because I have found dead it useful, doesn't mean it is any less gimmicky. Playing a game where a soft touch could be a smack while a hard push could be a punch certainly could be useful, doesn't make it any less gimmicky. For a company that has $20BN in cash should be offering better. The Galaxy S 3 has more features than the present iPhone 6 gimmicky or not, useful or not. I am not saying Apple should pile the iPhone with useless gimmicky features like Samsung did with the S4; what I am saying is that with all that money they have these onezee twozee could be better. Samsung has managed to actually keep the most useful features from past S and found a nice balance the works well. Based on PA constantly posting the S6 starts at 699 (though it's 599), and the iPhone 6 starts at 649, I should be able to get much better and advanced features and Force Touch just doesn't jive for me. Long press, short press and yes I realize it's more than that. Yes the display will actually make a digital impression. But in order to press harder you have to press longer and in order to not press hard you do it softer which means a shorter press.this isn't an innovation. There are larger displays that do this already, so making it smaller shouldnt be hard and making use of it s an option. But I don't see anyone hyping it on the Apple Watch. So I am not sure it's a winning idea. But hey it great because it's from Apple. Suppose Apple made Smart-pausd.

127. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Do we need a left or right side of a mouse? do we need touch screen phones? do we need faster or phones with curves? or are they all gimmicky feature? Force Touch improves and enriched the touch screen experience, Adding a whole new dimension of interaction to our phones.... Also the price of the mobile phone isnt about how much ram it has or how many features..but its performance and brand... in which the iphone after being out for so long can remain in the top 3 fast and powerful phones of 2015 with 2012 specs..

16. waddup121 unregistered

"Force Touch" Clearly Apple couldn't think of a better name?

22. AlikMalix unregistered

Care to try make a better name.... Wait! a few rules that all corps must follow. Make sure the name is distingushing, makes sense to consumers, and is not infringing on any trademarks or copyright of anything close to digital and touch gestures... Good Luck!

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