iOS 9 to possibly be predicting your touches before you even tap the screen


With the iOS 9 beta out and developer information being released, clue-hunters are looking for anything and everything, which may suggest what we may be in the iPhone's foreseeable future. Keen eyes have noticed an interesting line in the iOS Developer Diary, listed as a new item for the UIKit Framework. This line states:



Touch prediction? Sounds outlandish, for sure, but speculators suggest that iOS 9 will have the ability to guess where the user might tap next, pre-loading any relevant processes and reducing the delay in actually executing the action. Now, iOS is pretty snappy as is, indeed, but we'd guess that such an enhancement would work in such moments when the “Back” button takes a while to actually work (usually, right after you've entered a submenu).

As to how the software will “guess” where you are going to touch, we've no clue. An educated guess would be that each “hot spot” (touchable area that houses an often-used function) would be treated as a “predicted touch location”. Another variant may be analyzing and learning from user behavior.


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17 Comments

1. gaming64 unregistered

Man that is some serious sh*t, Apple. Am I seeing a whole new Apple here?

8. Simona unregistered

they don't know what they make up .. so many crap things..

12. waddup121 unregistered

lol okay

2. TyrionLannister unregistered

And just like autocorrect, it's gonna cause a whole lot of unintended touches. I don't have any issues with touch latency on my iPad. I'd be happy if they just keep an option to disable it.

11. TechWhale

Posts: 23; Member since: Nov 08, 2014

It doesn't touch it automatically, so it won't cause "a whole lot of unintended touches". Read the article again

14. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Predicting also, which means the iPhone will do stuff it thinks you will do...

15. nodes

Posts: 1163; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

read the article.

3. rick_mobile

Posts: 359; Member since: Dec 13, 2010

Haha I've wasted my money three times with apple. I regreted everyone of them. I won't touch another iphone again, predict that apple...

4. gaming64 unregistered

You should have realised that before buying a $600+ phone.

5. gaming64 unregistered

You should have realised that before buying a $600+ phone.

6. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

I'm sure there will be better ways this implementation will work wonders, the best part is you won't even know its touch prediction at work

7. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013

more battery drain?

9. Jairus24

Posts: 49; Member since: Jan 20, 2012

Kinda reminds me of my old Galaxy S4 using the hovering finger on the lock screen, a little light dot follows your hovering finger across the screen. Apple maybe using a tech similar to this to predict where the touch is going to happen.

10. Tizo101

Posts: 595; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

lol predicting the future? Sometimes I also don't know where I'm gonna touch next... can apple include a pop up window that suggests my next logical move as well, that would be so helpful hehehe.

16. nodes

Posts: 1163; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

you definitely don't understand/read the article. it's just like "prefetch resources" on browser, but rather than prefetch all resources, it only prefetch that the OS "thinks" you would click next. if you just read the title, sure that's what comes to mind.

13. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

I think this is used already in most touchscreen phones to a certain extent. I remember reading about something similar at a Google or Apple keynote.

17. Paximos

Posts: 283; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

OMG Look at that A$$

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