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iOS 9 to feature Force Touch and some much-needed tweaks

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iOS 9 leaks are coming faster than ever. Just a couple of weeks before Apple’s Worldwide Developer’s Conference, a new report claims to reveal even more about the big iOS update.

According to 9to5Mac editor Mark Gurman, iOS 9 will add Force Touch support for upcoming iPhones and iPads. Apple is apparently already working with third-party developers to incorporate the new feature, which is also headed to in-house software like Maps. However, Force Touch is likely tied to the iPhone 6s, due to hardware constraints that are required to offer the tech, meaning it may not be announced until later this year when the device is unveiled.

In the meantime, the iOS 9 update could also bring some smaller improvements. iMessage will allegedly get read receipts for group chats, along with the ability to specify who can see them in one-on-one conversations. The preinstalled QuickType keyboard will also reportedly get some nice tweaks, including an improved Shift key. Finally, Apple Pay may expand into Canada as part of the software upgrade.

Based on earlier reports, we’re also expecting iOS 9 to include a new Home app for controlling HomeKit devices, public transit directions in Apple Maps, and a refreshed version of Siri similar to what’s offered on the Apple Watch. We’ll probably also get a look at the company’s new music streaming service during WWDC, which kicks off next month starting on June 8.

9to5Mac

Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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