There’ve been many reports claiming that the next generation iPhones will have Force Touch on its display. Force Touch first debuted on the Apple Watch where users can have an additional layer of controls on such a tiny screen, so how would Force Touch be used on an iPhone, where there’s plenty of space to work on?
According to sources from 9to5Mac, Force Touch could come in handy as it acts as a “shortcut” to various actions. This means that instead of having to tap around the screen to, say, turn on turn-by-turn navigations, all users have to do is use Force Touch, and the Maps app will automatically provide navigation from current location to the destination. Some of the examples given by the source include:
- In music application, a user can use Force Touch on a song, and get a list of most commonly used actions like add to playlist, or save for offline listening. This would usually take two steps whereby users would have to tap on the right side of each track, and select save.
- Force Touch can be used on individual apps as well. For example, if a user Force Touch on the Phone app icon, he could choose to be directed to the Voicemail tab; likewise, if the user Force Touch on the News app, he could be directed to the Favourites tab.
- There will also be features taken from Force Touch on the latest MacBooks, like Force Touch on a link in Safari to see a preview of the page, or Force Touch on an address to see a preview of a contact card.
Let’s hope on top of using Force Touch on core iOS apps, Apple will also open up Force Touch to developers, so more apps will be able to support the feature. Meanwhile, curious about how the next generation iPhone would look like? Here’s one of the latest videos that compares the iPhone 6 to an “iPhone 6s”, which shows off the Force Touch component.
Of course, all these information are not confirmed. Apple is rumoured to announce the new iPhones in an event scheduled for 9 September 2015, whereby the company will announce not only new iPhones, but also new iPads (possibly iPad Pro as well), and a new Apple TV.