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If a new report out of Taiwan is an indication, Apple’s pressure sensitive Force Touch technology should make an appearance later this year on an iPhone, but exclusively on a bigger ‘iPhone 6s Plus’. Prior rumors have called for pressure-sensitive screen on both ‘iPhone 6’ and ‘iPhone 6 Plus’ this fall.

Pressure sensing marketed as Force Touch was first announced on the Apple Watch last fall, making its way later into the trackpad of the newly rolled out twelve-inch MacBook and updated MacBook Pro notebook. On the Watch, the feature taps tiny electrodes positioned around the screen which distinguish between a tap and a press.

The report identifies TPK and GIS as suppliers of Force Touch sensors for the iPhone 6s Plus, at a cost of $13 to $14 per module. That would be about 2.5 times more expensive than the estimated $4-$5 Force Touch sensors used on the Watch.

You’re advised to take the report with a grain of salt.

Watchful readers could easily point out that analyst ahead of last fall’s iPhone 6/Plus introduction were similarly predicting that only the bigger iPhone 6 model would have a sapphire-coated screen and be offered in a 128-gigabyte storage option.

The rumors didn’t pan out: both the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus feature a non-sapphire screen and are being offered in 16, 64 and 128GB flavors.

Aside from the bigger screen, the iPhone 6 Plus does offer optical image stabilization as an exclusive feature, as opposed to its smaller sibling which uses lower-quality image stabilization in software.

For what it’s worth, revered analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities wrote in a note to client this morning that Apple may be jumping straight to  an ‘iPhone 7’ this fall in order to indicate big changes revolving around major iOS user interface changes to accommodate Force Touch technology for better interaction.

He thinks the iPhone’s implementation of Force Touch will differ from that on the Apple Watch, the new MacBook and MacBook Pro. Specifically, he thinks Apple will place the pressure sensor under the touch panel’s backlight.

“We believe that iPhone’s Force Touch sensor doesn’t directly detect the pressure applied by fingers,” Kuo said. “Instead, it monitors the contact area on which the finger touches the screen to decide how big the pressure is.”

Source: UDN (Google Translate) via G for Games

  • Carlos B

    There’s no way this would happen, 6 / 6 Plus is a personal preference imo, and I don’t think Apple would bring new tech exclusively to the bigger phone. If they do I still won’t be getting the Plus.

    • Elias Chao

      They did it with optical image stabilisation, I think they would do it again.

      • Adam Baligian

        I read somewhere that the reason the 6+ had the OIS camera was due to the battery constraints of the regular 6. The OIS component uses the M7 to reverse whatever movements are being made when taking a photo/video. That would use more battery. Makes sense I guess.

        I don’t see Force Touch using more battery.

        Thoughts?

      • I can see where you’d get that thought train. Also consider this, the digitizer would be used 100% of the time when its on. It would require more power due to it constantly detect how hard the presses are. So now it not only detect sliding in any direction, but how wide the imprint is across the digitizers grid.

        I doubt there was a power issue for the OIS camera though. It only used more power when the camera was on. That was down to the thickness of the camera module itself and the 6 plus is slighter thicker. I’m assuming just enough to fit the batter camera too.

    • It could happen. The 6 plus already has the OIS camera. This time around for $100 more they may want to add even more features..

    • jake kneller

      They certainly would they did optical image stablization and battery of the iPhone 6 plus are both better than that of the 6 yes I understand the battery is due to haveing more space for bigger battery

    • ck125

      They did it with OIS and higher density screen. Most likely this will be what they try and use to push users to the more expensive 6s+. Now if that is the only difference it won’t be too bad. But if they make it that only the 6s+ has 2gb of ram and all that, this would be a big deal.

  • Guest

    i Think Apple might just jump straight to the iPhone 7 even to this day I have my friends say is that the iPhone 6 doesn’t it bend I heard it bends

    • jake kneller

      You have to try really hard to bend an iPhone 6 plus me and a friend did a test with his note 4 he had my 6 plus and I had his note I snapped his note in half and my 6 plus is just fine typed this comment on it

  • Linton Findlay

    Could imagine a redesign. Get over the bad press for the bending. Force push seems to be the logical step forward for iPhone, but doesn’t make sense for it to be 6s+ exclusive. As a side note 6s doesn’t sound right, sounds too much like success

    • Franklin Richards

      The new iPhone Force

    • George

      Can you imagine if they stopped with the thin bullshit and had a great battery life.

      • murdoc2k

        No, thinness matters. More battery life also means more weight in addition to thinness. Which is something that is constantly being pushed down in every iPhone iteration.

      • George

        Still BS.

      • Kr00

        Only in your head. The iPhone 6 has a much better battery life than anything before it, yet the surface area of the battery has barely increased. How do you figure that one Einstein?

      • George

        The iPhone 6 (4.7) has the same shitty battery life that the iPhone 5 had, so please explain.

      • Kr00

        In your shitty world maybe. Perhaps if you weren’t such a jerk your battery would show you some respect.

      • ck125

        No. I have an iPhone 6, and battery is the same/worse than my 5s…

      • Kr00

        Well I have a 6 and it’s way better than the 5s I had before and many others who have a 6 have the same story on battery life, so clearly it’s not a device issue, it’s a user issue. To avoid redundant system background operations, you should always set your phone up as a new phone, then sync data. It always works.

      • ck125

        Did that. Apple favors thin over battery so that’s why the 6 gets mediocre at best battery.

      • Kr00

        Not for me.

      • Kr00

        Battery technology is on the cusp of incredible breakthroughs, so in the very near future it won’t matter how thin the phone is, battery life will extend into days, not hours.

  • dudeimmexican

    Apple, you hypocrites. You’re discriminating this “useful” feature to only 6s plus users! /sarc.

    • How so? it hasn’t even been released yet so who knows what devices its going to be on yet.. just rumors/speculations right now, relax. /fact 🙂

      • dudeimmexican

        I know man lol

      • Yea I know you knew, I just wanted to finish the convo before the haters go nd not notice the “/sarc” lol

      • dudeimmexican

        Nice gesture hehe

  • Hussain Alsanona

    come on we don’t need have different specs, they should be the same, then let us decides which size we prefer.

  • ravinigga

    Well dont use THE force..
    ITS a powerful ability

  • Benjamin J Schwartz

    What is with the inconsistency? You can’t have it both ways. Either they’re changing the name to iPhone 7 because the radical changes provided by this new force touch technology, or only the larger of the two 2015 iPhone models will get the force touch technology, thus negating the need to skip 6s and jump right to 7 in the naming convention of the entire 2015 iPhone lineup. This website has back to back articles contradicting itself. Which is it?