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A report Thursday by the The Economic Daily News claims to have identified a company that will supply Apple with a pressure-sensitive touch technology for the next iPhone. US-based Avago Tech, which lists Apple as a key customer, will be the main supplier of a 3D touch technology for an ‘iPhone 6s’ refresh, supply chain sources assert.

For what it’s worth, recent reports by Tech News Taiwan and UDN did mention that the next iPhone might adopt the Watch’s Force Touch feature that uses tiny electrodes around the display to differentiate between a light tap and a deep press.

The source mentions that Avago Tech has also been involved in the early stages of development for the Wii Gesture Sensor technology. Assuming the iPhone 6s makes its debut this Fall, it may be a tad too early to call out any specific supplier by its name.

Don’t get me wrong, Apple is definitely procuring iPhone components as we speak. But, I don’t think contracts have been signed as the handset has yet to reach a prototyping stage and we would have seen some credible leaks by now.

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Whether or not Asian supply chain sources are referring to Force Touch when mentioning 3D Touch remains to be seen.

For the time being, we’re putting this one into the ‘Relatively Unlikely’ drawer until more reliable sources have stepped forward and confirmed reportage of UDN, Tech News Taiwan and The Economic Daily News.

Also, how would Force Touch apply to an iPhone and what benefits, if any, would it offer as opposed to tapping an option in a menu? Pressing the Watch’s tiny screen to show quick options related to the context of the app makes lots of sense.

On the iPhone, not so much.

Besides, implementing a new user interaction method would entail writing new APIs so developers would need to update their apps in order to take advantage of this rumored new functionality.


Source: The Economic Daily News (Google Translate) via G for Games

  • Liam Whiteley

    I’m guessing that when they implement a new interaction method into a device, they need that new method to become accepted by the users. Hence, it could be wise to implement it so it gives the apple watch a better chance of being able to be used easily, as people would have had experience with the new technology.

  • milaliel

    Force touch could be very useful while selecting or copying text.

    • justme

      I agree, this would be the fastest way to select, copy & paste text.

  • Dante Arellano

    Im been upgrading evry year sice iphone 3gs apple gaves me all that i need with iphone 6 plus Biger screen, better battery life,128 gb of storage touch id etc so i find just a little hard this time apple comes ups with something relevant 4k is too soon no content better camera? No thanks might reforce the body of i6 plus that ist fore sure

  • n0ahcruz3

    Gimmick!.. Oh wait this is apple. So its gonna be magical

    • iPhoneWINS

      exactly… 3D usually sucks

  • iPhoneWINS

    seems to me apple only constantly makes up dates so they can kill jailbreaks,,,

  • justme

    imagine the Jailbreak developers making magic on springboard icons
    light tap= opens the app
    deep tap= show the notifications or show the office documents inside of the app (numbers,keynote, etc.) in a minimal way talking of design style

    the 3D touch will have many appliances if you think about it..