The Apple Watch and newly announced 12-inch Retina MacBook both employ Force Touch, the company’s touch technology that can distinguish between a light tap or a harder press. Here’s how Apple describes the technology for the Apple Watch:
Force Touch uses tiny electrodes around the flexible Retina display to distinguish between a light tap and a deep press, and trigger instant access to a range of contextually specific controls.
The Wall Street Journal this evening cites supply chain sources saying Force Touch is coming to iPhones this Fall, while a pink colour option is also being considered:
Apple Inc. plans to add sensors to detect how hard a user is pressing on a screen to its next iPhones, incorporating a technology used in its forthcoming MacBook and Apple Watch, according to people familiar with the matter.
The touch technology is one of the changes that Apple plans for the next versions of its iPhones due for release later this year, these people said.
Display sizes are said to remain the same at 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch with the same resolutions (not surprising considering it would be an ‘s’ upgrade). Mass production of components for these new iPhones are said to start in May.
Apple usually carries forward new technology to next-generation products and Force Touch for the next ‘iPhone 6s’ (if that’s what it’s going to be called) would just be one compelling feature of the new device.
I don’t know about you, but an iPhone in pink would sell like hotcakes. Pink is available for the iPod touch, iPod nano and iPod Shuffle at the present moment. With Apple willing to bring space grey and gold colour options to the 12-inch MacBook, anything is possible for the next iPhone.