Following the launch of 3D Touch with iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, Apple’s rivals are scrambling to deliver their own pressure-sensitive displays in future devices. A new report claims suppliers are seeing huge growth in force-sensing touchscreen technologies.
We’ve already heard that Samsung’s next-generation Galaxy S7 could have a pressure-sensitive display, while Huawei has already launched a smartphone with “Force Touch.” According to suppliers, many other vendors are also following suit.
“Other brands and IC makers are now responding by preparing their own force sensing solutions, mainly for high-end and mid-range smartphones due to the high cost,” reports DigiTimes. “According to IHS, in 2016 force sensing module shipments are expected to grow 317% to reach 461 million units.”
Pressure-sensitive displays are expected to be so popular next year that nearly a quarter of new smartphones are expected to have one. What’s more, the growth is also leading touch panel manufacturers to further improve upon their existing force-sensing technologies.
While a small few will call 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s a gimmick, most of those who have used it extensively will tell you it’s a terrific feature. It truly improves the user experience in so many ways, and we can’t wait for it to be available on more devices — not just those from Apple.