Force Touch Only for iPhone 6s Plus, 4″ iPhone Unlikely in 2015 [Rumour]
The iPhone 6s Plus may exclusively feature the newly introduced Force Touch, rumours from the supply chain suggest (via GforGames), since they don’t mention the 4.7-inch iPhone 6s. On top of this, a well-connected analyst claims that Apple will actually drop the iPhone 6s name and just call it the iPhone 7.
Rumours of the Force Touch technology making into the iPhone have surfaced since Apple introduced it with the Watch, and were coming from three different sources: AppleInsider, TechNews Taiwan and the Wall Street Journal.
Given that Apple has been experimenting with haptic feedback for some time now, and the first rumours of such feature being included into iOS devices surfaced ahead of the iPad 3 launch, this could make sense.
The latest report published by UDN Money, however, mentions only the iPhone 6s Plus, which, alongside its screen size, suggests this will be a feature distinctive to the 5.5-inch device. This, in light of the OIS sensor built exclusively into the iPhone 6 Plus, seems feasible.
In a separate report, well-connected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says (via AppleInsider) the Force Touch feature will mean a huge upgrade for iOS user interface. He called it “the most significant change” to date and believes that this will be so substantial that Apple will potentially call the handset the iPhone 7 instead of the iPhone 6s.
“We believe that iPhone’s Force Touch sensor doesn’t directly detect the pressure applied by fingers,” Kuo said. “Instead, it monitors the contact area on which the finger touches the screen to decide how big the pressure is.”
Kuo’s sources contradict the launch of a 4-inch iPhone, although repackaging the iPhone 5s into plastic could be a possibility if we consider Kuo’s silence on the matter a yes – though that would be a stretch.