Apple may have given up on its more colorful iPhone 5c, but those who like to buy their smartphones in pink could get exactly what they’re looking for from the iPhone 6s, sources say. Apple is also expected to bring its new Force Touch technology to the device.
“Apple Inc. plans to add sensors to detect how hard a user is pressing on a screen to its next iPhones,” The Wall Street Journal reports, citing sources in Apple’s supply chain. “Apple is considering the changes as it tries to follow up on the tremendous success of its iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.”
Force Touch, which was first introduced with the Apple Watch and has already made its way into Apple’s new MacBook and MacBook Pro, delivers a new way to interact with touchscreens and trackpads by recognizing the difference between a tap and a press.
A deeper press allows users to perform different functions; on Apple Watch it provides access to options menus and settings, while on the Mac, it can provide shortcuts to things like Wikipedia entries and Maps.
In addition to adopting Force Touch, The Journal says Apple’s next iPhone will also be available in a new pink color. It won’t be pink plastic like the iPhone 5c, but rather a pink aluminum — much like HTC’s new One M9.
The report notes, however, that Apple tests new technologies and designs all the time, and that doesn’t mean they will make it to market. Mass production of the new iPhones isn’t expected to begin until May, so lots could change before then.
Unsurprisingly, Apple is expected to stick with its existing 4.7- and 5.5-inch displays for the new iPhones, which have already proven so popular. Thanks to the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, Apple sold 74.5 million iPhones last quarter.