Next iPhone: Apple plans to introduce Force Touch, keep screen sizes and resolution the same


Apple is considering bringing the Force Touch technology, that it showed first on the Apple Watch and then again two days ago at its ‘Spring Forward’ event, to the next iPhone, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Apple showed Force Touch for the first time on the Apple Watch late last year, noting that the screen of the timepiece can tell the difference between a light tap and a harder press (hence, the otherwise awkward sounding Force Touch). The technology is also implemented in the touchpad of the new Macbook. In both cases, the sensation and tactile feedback of the harder Force Touch is said to be conveyed via smartly tuned vibration motors.

The technology could be implemented directly in the screen of the next iPhone, just as it is now implemented with sensitivity all across the display of the Apple Watch.

So how does Force Touch work? It uses a number of ‘Force Sensors’ (four in the latest Macbook) that detect the difference between a light tap and a harder press, the force touch. Then, you get tactile feedback courtesy of a ‘taptic engine’, conveying the senses of a harder press. It is a smarter vibration motor that Apple will be using on the Apple Watch, as well as on the new Macbook.

Judging from the Force Touch functionality on the new Macbook, you could be able to ‘force touch’ on words to get dictionary definitions; force touch on an address to look it up; or force touch on the fast forward button of a video to increase playback speed.

Finally, let’s keep in mind that as authoritative as the source for this rumor is, nothing is official until Apple itself unveils it, so do take it with a healthy grain of salt. At the same time, with all the convergence happening within the Apple ecosystem, we would not be surprised to see Force Touch make its way onto future iPhones.


source: WSJ

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23 Comments

1. WackJobs

Posts: 30; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

The next level $h!* except the resolutions. Mad props to Apple!

3. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

I'm a bit worried about the amount of movement, if it can't give enough it will be as good as pointless in practical usage, since you wouldn't be able to really feel how hard you are pressing, and given how compact smart phones are now a days, I don't think it will work, but who knows. That said, it isn't really next level :P it has existed for ages, still interesting though.

4. AlikMalix unregistered

"it has existed for ages..." Where?

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's what I'm wondering. I think the first part of his post was a setup for the last part, hence the smiley.

15. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

iFans will see what iFans want I guess. Pressure sensitive touch screens were the "original" touch screens. But since now that Apple has them they have just been invented for the first time and never before seen in a phone.

18. AlikMalix unregistered

Example please, maybe a company that makes phones with force touch like screens? Maybe a link?

16. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Pressure sensitive touchpads have been used by digital artists for quite a while for drawing, and those with a screen and touchpad in one combo have also been around for quite a while.

19. AlikMalix unregistered

Touchpad? Is it a screen on a device that also does games, calls, and can be used with a finger instead of a pen? Anymore detail to your claim would be awesome. Maybe model and brand would help. Is it an android phone? What is it?

22. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

uhhh, what is on the display is irrelevant, though yes, those drawing pads with screen can also run games.... I don't understand what you are seeming to say, I am talking about the technical part of it, which is hardly new, and thus not really innovating, and I comment above that why I believe it will be a problem, namely that there in a phone isn't really that much flex possible for sensing pressure

21. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

M nOte has this since the Note 2 I think...how is this next level/???

2. LoveThatPhone

Posts: 10; Member since: Nov 30, 2014

After i try the apple watch, then i can judge if its good, but sounds like a good concept :)

5. twens

Posts: 1182; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

when you refuse to invest into RD but source everything from other poeple you run out of ideas. Now that every company is taking design seriously, we will see how well the next iphones will do. Android is getting more stable and lag free with each release, samsung the leading android OEM is making beautiful phones now and pushing the hardware boundries,I cant wait to see what card apple has to keep their customers still interested and buying their phones. IOS and the apple Logo alone wont save them for ever. The media wont save them forever as well,i see them trying so hard to make the iwatch look like a revolutionary product, like something that is so different from whats on the market. Some of us are wiser now and don't drink the coolaide anymore.

6. AlikMalix unregistered

I agree with you completely, twens.. I was long waiting for any Android to design a phone like the S6/S6e... Really curious what Apple does when feels threatened... Here's hoping for great S6/S6e sales...!!!

7. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

This Force Touch stuff looks like it could get attention. It really just depends on what they do with it.

20. AlikMalix unregistered

twens, the assumption that Apple DOES NOT fund it's own R&D dept. is outright wrong. And on top of that, Apple also pours a large chunk into other companies' R&D to boost their inovationions (of course, no doubt, with certain exclusivity or initial exclusivity benefits for Apple) - but nevertheless, Apple does pour funds into R&D all over the world as well as acquisitions of talent and companies whole... But I agree that with Android OEMs pushing beyond lag and aesthetics in effect will force Apple to spend even more of their "cash" to stay ahead of the pack...

8. Faisalkhan

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 11, 2015

Interesting! Didn't Samsung get the same patent? Google 'Samsung receives a patent for a force-sensitive touchscreen display'

10. AlikMalix unregistered

That maybe for hovering over, or stylus support... but I dno, it's for legals to figure out..

11. Jamoga

Posts: 187; Member since: Dec 17, 2014

this will be a nice small addition to features. different forces, different actions. less navigations, more action.

12. seven7dust unregistered

probably be used in FPS games , for panning and shoting at the same time has got me excited to see what devs will do with it.

13. karamelakimo

Posts: 109; Member since: May 26, 2014

I tried force touch on Old Nokia mobiles as 5800 it's rubbish , I wish that won't happen or may be Apple will do that in another way !!

14. Sakeem

Posts: 864; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

If you already have a 6 or 6 plus, would you trade it in to buy the 6s or 6s plus if this rumor turns out to be true?

17. Chuck007

Posts: 1412; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

If this is true I'd be kinda disappointed. Was wishing the iPhone 6 to at least have a 1080p screen.

23. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

I look at some of these comments, and this article doesnt do a very good job explaining what "force touch" is/does.. Pressure sensitive touch screens /or Pressure sensitive touchpads isnt the same as Apple's "force touch".

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