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As various iPhone 6s parts continue to leak out like crazy, a source provided MacRumors with new high-quality images and information pertaining to a screen assembly on Apple’s upcoming ‘iPhone 6s’.

The claimed part is slightly heavier and thicker than on the iPhone 6, but the biggest takeaway is a mysterious new chip which seemingly confirms that Force Touch is coming to the next iPhone.

Force Touch display

While the part provides no discernible cues with respect to rumored force sensors,
the display panel is thicker than that on the iPhone 6 even though the screen shielding is glued in place rather than use mechanical screws.

“Our source also says the iPhone 6s display panel is slightly thicker than the iPhone 6 panel, a change that may be related to Force Touch support and contributing to the reported 0.2 mm increase in overall thickness for the device,” reads the article.

It weighs just under 2 grams more—and that’s without a front camera assembly.

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A mystery chip, shown above and up close below, is visible through a cutout found on the rear of the display. The same chip made an appearance in previous leaks showing a partially assembled iPhone 6s but its purpose remains something of a mystery. “Our source suspects it is indeed related to Force Touch,” writes MacRumors.

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The cutout is apparently necessary because the chip is slightly thicker than the rest of the display assembly, so the hole allows the shielding to cover the display panel evenly without adding too much thickness, with the chip protruding through the rear shielding.

There is another vague possibility: this chip could be a whole new Renesas SP Drivers part designed to improve image quality. Back in 2014, rumors were swirling that Apple was buying Renesas SP Drivers, a division of Renesas Electronics that builds mobile display chips.

The deal was supposed to help Apple “improve image sharpness and battery life” on iPhones, but negotiations broke down. Renesas was later acquired by touchscreen chipmaker Synaptics in an effort to combine its touch technology with Renesas’ display drivers into one chip.

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Both Renesas and Synaptics were on Apple’s list of suppliers at the time of this writing.

It’s unclear if Renesas is still the sole supplier of iPhone display chips like it used to be prior to the acquisition deal with Synaptics.

Anyway, all will be revealed soon enough as Apple gears up for its media event on September 9 at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco, the same historic venue where it introduced the Apple II.

Source: MacRumors

  • Felipe Queiroz Drumond

    I was wondering… will Force Touch works with glass screen protectors?

    • DevXav

      That’s indeed a good question.. I am pretty sure it will!

    • Merman123

      Yes. Works on Apple Watch with screen protectors.

      • Felipe Queiroz Drumond

        Even if it is thick glass?

    • Juschan

      i don’t think it will work

    • Yes it will work. Don’t think of force touch how the picture shows flexible ripples on a digitizer grid, it simply detects a thin to wide area of the press..

      • Jeffrey

        If that were to be true, ‘force touch’ could also just be a software thing, not a hardware thing.

      • That is all it is, of course they need hardware for it to work properly but its just software telling the device to vibrate after it detects a wider press. Then the device performs another action.

      • TechToch

        No Lol it also needs hardware

      • Jeffrey

        But the touch screen can recognize where a finger is placed, so it can probably also recognize how wide the touch is, without force touch.

      • They’d still need good hardware to detect the different widths of the press.

  • George

    The iphone 6 will be the last good iPhone, force touch is going to ruin iPhones.

    • Merman123

      Lol they said that about the 6 too.

      • Saeed ghattas

        They said that on every iPhone that was released since the first generation LOL

    • Cristian B

      I don’t see why? Care to elaborate?

      • George

        Imagine having to replace one of these screens.

      • Cristian B

        Well I don’t know how that work then I guess but I guess that’s what apple care is for lol

      • Anthony Antunez

        If you don’t get Apple Care with your new iPhones, you’re doing it wrong.

      • George

        I don’t like getting repeatedly fked by Apple.

      • Anthony Antunez

        Alright sure lol.

      • Inseltraeumer

        A good start would be to not buy Apple products then 😛

    • smtp25

      you dont have to use it

      • George

        Just my opinion, am I not allowed that?

      • Disqus

        No one said you can’t have an opinion.

      • smtp25

        Have I I’m pinged your rights? If you don’t want to use force you don’t have too. I also suspect it won’t be much harder to repair than a screen and digitizer

      • Rowan09

        The only part that seems annoying would be to separate the glued shield from the LCD and of course the price may be a lot more if they go 4k for the digitizer.

      • George

        I don’t think it will be 4k, that would kill battery life like crazy.

      • Rowan09

        I read before the screen resolution was getting an upgrade which would make it 4K but we’ll see.

  • rockdude094

    It’s kind of useless on my Mac. I never use it. Hopefully it’s more useful on the iPhone.

    • Jeffrey

      Force touch…. On your Mac…? That’s new

      • rockdude094

        Did you just wake up from under a rock ?

      • Jeffrey

        You mean the trackpad? You can’t compare that to an iPhone screen.

  • Jessie Jenkins

    Believed it absolutely was a little forced and awkward at times but thats to be likely in the initial show. Never was a supporter of late night speak until I was caught at my grandparents or anything lol but I will most likely tune in again just because its colbert