Ever since Apple introduced the Watch last year, one feature of the device stood out above all others: the wearable’s ability to sense pressure when touched. Since then, rumors have been flying non-stop speculating on how the next iPhone might also feature this technology.
Now, according to an analyst from KGI Securities, the rumors might actually be true, and Apple is indeed planning on bringing this technology to the next iteration of the iPhone. In fact, the addition of Force Touch to the iPhone might be such as significant step that Apple may push the version number of the device directly to 7, instead of the traditional S revision.
But that’s not all, as the version of Force Touch being brought to the next iPhone may actually be different to the technology found on the Watch and the latest Macbook. If this report is accurate, then Apple may opt for a system that determines pressure by contact area on the screen rather than detecting pressure directly. This system may be cheaper to implement and allow for a better screen, but also raises important questions, such as what calibration would be needed for this to work?
Finally, the same analyst claims that earlier rumors of a smaller iPhone showing up again, possibly in the form of an iPhone 6C, aren’t accurate. According to him, Apple is still targeting the 4.7 inch and 5.5 inch screen sizes. At least for this year’s launch.
A new generation of iPhones is expected later this year, and we’ll likely learn more about Apple’s plans as we near the fall.