At this point, it’s pretty much a foregone conclusion that the next iPhones will include Force Touch, technology that was first introduced in the Apple Watch. Now a new report from 9to5Mac details how Force Touch will be incorporated for deeper interactions within iOS. Think of it as long press in Android on steroids.
Apple is apparently utilizing Force Touch a bit differenlyt from how it does with the Apple Watch. 9to5Mac said, “Force Touch on the iPhone is designed to skip existing lists of options or button presses.”
In something like Maps, users can look up a point of interest, and then Force Touch on the destination to immediately get turn-by-turn directions, 9to5Mac said. In Music, Force Touch will be used to bring up a menu with options to add a song to a playlist or save it for offline listening. And so on and so forth.
There are a lot of possible variables, and it sounds like using Force Touch on the iPhone will take some getting used to. 9to5Mac makes it sound as though Apple isn’t entirely sure how to utilize the technology, and could instead rely on developers to think of creative ways to use Force Touch.
9to5Mac also mentions that how the UI behaves will be determined by Force Touch. Similar to how it’s utilized on the Mac, “Force Touch will be represented in three ways: no additional user interface as with the subtle integration on the new MacBooks, a users interface that appears surrounding the finger where the Force Touch gesture is conducted, or a shortcut list toward the bottom of the display akin to a typical options list across iOS.”
We’re expecting a new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6 Plus to be announced in early September, which is where we’ll hear all about how Force Touch will enhance the experience.