Apple suppliers have allegedly begun manufacturing iPhones with Force Touch, technology that was first introduced in the Apple Watch. Bloomberg on Friday said Force Touch will be a marquee feature of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, devices that are expected to be unveiled later this year. The report lines up with a previous rumor that claimed Apple would include Force Touch in its next flagship smartphones.
Force Touch is capable of determining how hard or soft a user presses down on the screen. For the Apple Watch, it allows users to bring up extra features and settings in certain applications; the technology is also included in the MacBook and MacBook Pro.
As for how it’ll be used for the iPhone, Apple is said to be working on several iOS 9 features to take advantage of the pressure-sensitive tech. What those features are is unclear. When Apple announced iOS 9 at WWDC earlier this month, the company gave no indication of Force Touch coming to its handsets, but it appears it’s doing so in an effort to stay competitive against rivals like Samsung.
Bloomberg said that while production is expected to be smooth, Apple could encounter delays depending on yield issues related to the displays. Other than Force Touch, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are expected to feature the same design as the existing iPhones, along with reinforced aluminum and higher resolution displays. One would assume Apple will also improve on the camera technology included in the new iPhones, along with a new processor.
Apple generally holds iPhone events in September, which means we only have a few more months to go until we know for sure if Force Touch will be involved. The technology has become an important part of the Apple Watch, and it’ll apparently play an even bigger role in the iPhone.