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Multiple credible sources are adamant that Apple’s upcoming ‘iPhone 6s’ and ‘iPhone 6s Plus’ smartphones will come outfitted with a screen which responds to pressure. Additionally, there ‘s some pretty solid evidence out there that iOS 9 on these new iPhones will feature built-in Force Touch support, potentially indicating a wider roll-out of the feature on future iOS devices.

And now, sources who spoke with 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman have provided interesting tidbits related to how Force Touch works and feels under iOS.

3 Force Touch implementations on new iPhones

According to sources who spoke with the author of the report, Force Touch will be represented in three ways on the forthcoming iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus:

  • No additional user interface as with the subtle integration on the new MacBooks.
  • A user interface that appears surrounding the finger where the Force Touch gesture is conducted.
  • A shortcut list toward the bottom of the display akin to a typical options list across iOS.

Here’s a closer look at how Force Touch will be implemented throughout some of Apple’s stock iOS applications on the new iPhones, as per Gurman’s sources.

Apple Maps—Firmly pressing a point of interest in Apple Maps performs a quick look up of the location. Firmly pressing on the destination immediately starts turn-by-turn navigation, saving you two extra steps versus the normal tap-tap-tap method.

Music app—Pressing on the listing for a song brings up a menu with options to quickly add the song to a playlist or save it for offline listening, saving your finger a trip to the ellipsis icon on the rightmost side of each track listing.

Home screen—Deep-pressing an icon on the Home screen presents you with shortcuts to specific tabs of that app. “For example, if a user deep presses on the Phone app icon, he could choose to shortcut directly to the Voicemail tab,” noted the source. “This could also apply to deep pressing the News app icon and being taken directly to either the Favorites or For You tabs.”

Force Touch shortcuts—Deep pressing a link in Safari instantly previews that webpage. Pressing firmly an address or contact name brings up previews of a map view or contact card, respectively. You can also deep-press on a word in any app to look up its definition, as opposed to long-tapping a term and choosing Define from a bubble menu.

Force Touch feedback—Whereas both the Apple Watch and 2015 MacBooks with Force Touch trackpads provide additional context to firm presses in the form of haptic feedback, it’s not clear if the new iPhones will implement haptics. That being said, some form of physical feedback is reportedly in the works for Force Touch iPhones and it’s being described as “nice” and “consistent” across the system.

So, what’s your opinion of the report?

Are you sold on Force Touch iPhones yet?

Source: 9to5Mac

  • tiltdown

    Don’t really buy the Force Touch feature now, but one thing is for sure, Android/Samsung will have this next year.

    • Manuel Molina

      Agree 100% with you.

    • George

      No they won’t because it’s dumb as hell.

    • rockdude094

      They have this thing in android where you just hover your finger on top of the screen and it does simple things like magnify, copy past and other cool things. Trust me android is much more advanced compared to iOS in many ways.

      • Rowan09

        Not in Android on some Samsung devices. Yeah they also had eye scroll which, changed the way we used a smartphone. IOS has features Android doesn’t have (base pure Android) and vice versa.

  • Nope still nothing amazing about it. Really this was needed on smaller screens because of space. Bigger screens can fit more and therefore do not require this type of thing. Not to mention the odds are you won’t be able to customize it in anyway. Like say I force touch on email and want to set it up to automatically reply to emails “Im out of office”. Probably can’t do that, you’ll just be presented with limited options that are built in. So really the usefulness of force touch is limited by Apple because they don’t allow users to customize their experience.

    • Maxim∑

      its just to prepare for the removal of the home button.

      • Anonymous

        Yep, totally agree with you. Thats where force touch makes the most sense.

    • mickey

      Agree with you here. But the possibilities for jailbreak tweaks gets me a bit excited.

  • Merman123

    This is just the same thing over and over again. It feels so forced. The only way this would work is if Apple does a complete overhaul of iOS and how it handles actions and interactions. Which seems so far fetched.

    • anustart

      I see what you did there… a little… FORCED… haha.

  • Standout

    I have had every iPhone on launch day since the 3G but force touch just doesn’t get me excited enough. Maybe because I have it on the watch already idk. Tthere needs to be another selling point and better pictures and force touch.

    • Rowan09

      There’s suppose to be a 12mp shooter, 5 mp I believe on the front, 2GB of RAM, 4K recording on the back and a 4k screen along with a new more efficient and faster processor. Those are the alleged selling points along with force touch.

  • Dodgy Debjit

    Can’t see any difference between this and a long-press.

    • ClaudieX X

      totally…

    • Senith Deelaka Ranchagoda

      Wait till it releases.. You’ll see..
      Fed up with explaining it more now.. ツ

    • Martynet

      long press is too looong… force touch is better because you don’t have to wait for anything. You just tap it a bit harder.

    • Fanboy 

      If there’s an API, developers could implement this in many ways. For example, a racing game can have the gas pedal on the screen and the harder you press down on it the faster the car accelerates. You can’t do that with a “long-press”.

      • Anonymous

        Good point, but well have to wait a year for the API. But im okay with that. Give apple a year to work out the bug then let the dev go to town.

  • Elias Chao

    Just imagine how could upcoming tweaks could take advantage of it :p

    • therealjjohnson

      Whats the difference between a long press and a force press?

      • Senith Deelaka Ranchagoda

        For starters.. it’s much quicker than the long press..
        Btw don’t think how apple implements it..
        If you take it like the camera, Apple only use it as a camera and an OCR for gift cards and credit cards natnatively…
        But it’s not only use of it in third party apps.. they use it to calculate blood pressure, 3D scanning, AR, and etc..
        So think about the possibilities the developers have.. Instead of just recognizing where you touch, it can now sense how hard you touch.. Devs have another input to get interactions from the use..
        Why you people can’t see that..??

      • “Much quicker”…??

      • Senith Deelaka Ranchagoda

        Okay you can drop the much part.. Hehe

      • therealjjohnson

        For starters, you’ve never used it so you don’t know that it’s “much quicker”. Second, you think the long press takes too long now? Like seriously?

        The point in my original question was this: the same thing you can do with a force touch you can do with a long touch. Just seems like an answer to a problem we never had.

      • Javier Peralta

        For starters, you’ve never used it so you don’t know that “the same thing you can do with a force touch you can do with a long touch”

        Seriously most new “features” on android and iOS are solutions to problems we never had. “[…] people don’t know what they want until you show it to them” So I guess we’ll have to wait and see

      • Senith Deelaka Ranchagoda

        Agree with you here..
        It might be true.. But it’ll not be the only use..

      • Senith Deelaka Ranchagoda

        Well.. 1s vs. fraction of a second is considered fast.. Yeah I’ve never used it but you can see the difference just by checking an Watch or a MacBook..
        Why you people keep looking it as an alternative to long tap..
        Just think about the other possibilities, what Dev’s can do…
        Without ranting about how it’s just a long tap alt.. Just think..

      • Anonymous

        Some of us get

  • Manuel Molina

    Meh…

  • DevXav

    I can see a LOT of difference..
    Get ready for a buttonless iPhone (at least on the front screen) in the next generations!

  • nonchalont

    Force touch is like a multi-touch. You have a long hold and then a forced hold which can bring up additional options vs a long hold. Can’t wait to see force touch in action.

  • Vince Reedy

    hopefully camera and ram are upgraded or this feels like iPad mini 2 to iPad mini 3 upgrade

  • Tom

    Force touch is a good selling point

  • Shortcut to the voicemail? It’s done in the same amount of taps. Nothing short there. Why didn’t they just implement a long touch?

  • Dante Arellano

    So all this technology of the force touch only for few extensions, should i upgrade and spend another 1k + just for the dobble touch funtion like on macbooks

  • ClaudieX X

    someone said long press???

  • Dante Arellano

    This upgrade remain me i5 to i5s the big thing was the touch id and 64 bit i still dont know if 64 bit makes better my iphone and the touch id only unlock the iphone 5s no aaple pay or another funtion i had pend 800 dollars for upgrade then another 1000 for upgrade to iphone 6 plus i think i going to no upgrade yhis time since

  • Dante Arellano

    I think it’s bizarre how apple just add some features to the same curent gen of iphone thats why they sre making so much money they just play with the stupidity of the people

    • Rowan09

      Isn’t that what ever company does add features while upgrading some hardware and internals?

  • Joe Meta Data

    Force Touch sounds like it could be a great feature if implemented correctly. And so what if one doesn’t have use for it, then just don’t use it. There are plenty of things I don’t particularly use on my iPhone, like Voice Memos for example. That doesn’t mean I lose sleep over Apple implementing it into the iPhone, I just don’t utilize. Now, one thing I can discern between “force touch” and “long press” is that long presses usually happen by accident where as force touch requires a little more effort to initiate. If you’re a jailbreak, a tech enthusiast, or just generally technically inclined, then you can control your actions more easily. But for the basic consumer, a long press with “force touch actions” would become a user interface/user experience nightmare. It just makes more sense to utilize force touch for a basic user instead of accidentally long pressing and having something happen accidentally. Just my input. And I wouldn’t mind long pressing either, but force touch really reminds me of activator. Maybe, just maybe, this will pave the way for a basic activator-like implementation in iOS 10. One could dream.

  • a beto e merik

    This is a joke. Android has it for years and called it Touch and Hold.

    • leart

      the only thing android had for years is “Stagefright”

  • Dodgy Debjit

    The only possible advantage over a long press is speed. But really who cares that much about milliseconds.

    I’m more concerned about normal presses being misinterpreted as force touch gesture. That would get annoying very soon.

  • Dru Clade

    I imagine people trying to punch their fingers through their screens. Apple better get replacement screens ready