We’ve been hearing a lot of rumours about the next generation iPhones featuring a Force Touch display, but according to rumours, there might be more. The latest rumours says that the iPhone 6s will come with 3D Touch, which, as its name suggests, will recognize up to three types of touch.
According to 9to5Mac, instead of recognising two levels of pressure like the trackpad on the latest MacBooks and Apple Watch, the display on the iPhone 6s can differentiate between a tap, a press, and a deeper press. Aptly named the 3D Touch, this means that there will be a whole new level of controls and such for users to use.
Patently Apple also discovered there are references in Apple’s patent filed in Europe back in July that points to a similar technology. According to the illustration in the patent, “the strain measured directly from the force-sensitive components, 512, 522 may be approximate, in one example, as a sum of three components”.
So what will Force Touch technology bring to users? Some examples given by 9to5Mac include:
- Look up a point of interest and Force Touch to immediately activate navigation, skipping two steps
- In Music app, Force Touch on a track to open up a menu to save for offline listening
- At the home screen, Force Touch an app to access shortcuts like Force Touch the phone app to call voicemail directly
Apple is expected to unveil the next generation iPhones (iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus) on Thursday, 10 September 2015 at 1am Malaysia time.