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Pressure sensing will be supported across both display sizes of Apple’s next-generation iPhones, G for Games reported Thursday citing supply chain sources who spoke with Taiwanese media.

The same outlet originally claimed that Apple’s pressure sensitive Force Touch technology would make an exclusive appearance on a larger-screened iPhone 6s Plus.

Though it was initially supposed to be an iPhone 6s Plus exclusive, both devices should make use of pressure sensing after all. A credible report earlier this week asserted that iOS 9, which will be previewed alongside OS X 10.11 at next month’s WWDC, features built-in Force Touch support.

According to Economic Daily News quoted in the report, China’s TPK, an Apple supplier, has been commissioned to build Force Touch sensors for both the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

Force Touch originally debuted on the Apple Watch before making its way into Apple’s notebooks, with both the new twelve-inch MacBook and recently refreshed MacBook Pros sporting pressure-sensitive multi-touch trackpad with haptic feedback.

Just don’t expect Force Touch to be the defining feature of the next iPhone.

It will, after all, take some time for developers to optimize their applications for pressure sensing.

That being said, there’s no doubt in my mind that Apple will move swiftly to deploy Force Touch across its iOS and OS X device ecosystem, with an API already available for Mac developers to take advantage of this technology.

On the Apple Watch, tiny electrodes running around the display make the distinction between a light tap and a deep press.

From the Apple Watch Edition booklet:

Several layers of polyimide, copper electrodes, silicone and adhesive are molded into ultra-thin sheets that serve as a capacitor. This capacitor is so sensitive, it can measure deflections of less than 1 micron.

Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo of KGI Securities believes Apple’s implementation of Force Touch on the iPhone will differ from that on the Apple Watch and Mac notebooks in that the pressure sensors will be located 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.”

That would in turn make the whole display assembly a bit thicker, unless the company switches to using smaller LED backlighting chips, as recently rumored.

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

  • Tyler Smith

    When IOS 9 gets Jailbroken, using activator with this is going to be so cool for those new users

    • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

      Honestly, I’m starting to neglect activator, it’s so buggy and unstable. And with force touch, it’ll make it worse.

      • Tyler Smith

        As am I as the gestures I used to use on my iPhone 4 are easily achieved with virtual home on the iPhone 6. But what I was thinking was possibly iosblocks. I was thinking tap for the “block” part but if you press the app it will actually open. Which can be achieved without activator but I am hoping that the stable IOS makes for a much more stable jailbreak experience

      • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

        That works backwards actually, the more stable the iOS, the more unstable the jailbreak is. Considering that jailbreaks aren’t tested and just launched, it conflicts with iOS on different levels. The crash reporter goes off numerous times because of the tweaks. Now if iOS was unstable and a jailbreak was injected, tweaks wouldn’t counteract the system and stability would be maintained.

      • Sohail Wahab

        I’ve been using activator since the original iPhone, and it’s simply awesome.

  • Joshua The-Legend Wiebe

    Didn’t we establish this rumour as confirmed when we had reports of Apple testing different designs of force touch?

  • TwinSon

    Unless Force Touch is going to be some new innovative way to activate Quick Compose from anywhere in the OS, finding it hard to care. That’s great and all they are trying to add new features, but how about we improve the old ones first.

    • Rowan09

      If you used or own the Apple watch it’s actually a nice addition, it’s just a quick action for convenience.

  • therealjjohnson

    This is an answer to a problem I do not have.

  • Jon20

    I think Apple is slightly hitting a brick wall here when it comes to new design features of the new iPhones. I know they like to make it thinner but soon they can only make it so thin without compromising the structural durability of the phone, hence #BENDGATE. I believe they will be incorporating Force Touch to make the phone buttonless in regards to volume and possibly the power button. They removed the Silent button from the IPad’s which I’m sure helps them make it thinner so I can see this being the next move.

    • Rowan09

      Is it only Apple if that’s the case?

      • Jon20

        No…look at the Samsung 6 Edge. It was probably a good idea to them but once it came out, not many people got them. The GS3 & GS4 did better than the GS5 & GS6. It’s a matter of time until the hardware will go so far. I think it’s the software that will start making the difference. I remember doing stuff on a JB iP5 like slo-mo video that wasn’t advertised until iP5S. I didn’t need a hardware upgrade, it was a software hack. It’s the functionality of the software that needs to change.

      • Rowan09

        Software can only do so much, you need both hardware and software. Force touch on the Apple Watch is great so using it on the iPhone would be welcomed as a convenience. My wife has the S6 Edge and I still don’t get the need for the edge

      • Jon20

        I agree with you on that. It does matter to have both, they just need to make more functional software upgrades. I think their biggest weakness is multi tasking. And I’m not talking about an app switcher. I’m talking about split screen or multi window views. The kind of stuff that really takes advantage of the bigger screens and increases productivity. We’ll see at WWDC.

      • Rowan09

        Yeah, they said it was suppose to be here for the Plus, so I’m very interested to see what IOS 9 will offer. From what I’ve heard so far, it’s shaping up to be really good.

    • M L

      Bendgate?? LOL…you mean a few idiots who decided to see if they can actually bend an iphone? That was hardly a speck in the news after a week of it being mentioned.

      • Jon20

        Oh believe me, I think they were a bunch of knuckleheads for you and trying to bend the phone. I’m surprised they haven’t tried bending the watch or doing drop tests.