At this point, it doesn’t matter how hard you tap your iPhone screen – as long as it’s hard enough for the device to sense it. With the next generation of iPhone, you may have to think about just how hard you’re pressing your device because the pressure you exert may influence the action it takes.
According to a new report in the Wall Street Journal, Apple is planning on incorporating its “Force Touch” tech into the next iPhones. Force Touch basically consists of tiny sensors in the retina display that make the device able to distinguish between a light tap and a firm press.
Apple revealed that this feature would be coming to the new Apple Watch, the new MacBook, and the updated MacBook line.
For the Apple Watch, Force Touch will give users access to a “Range of contextually specific controls, such as an action menu in Messages, or a mode that allows you to select different watch faces.” For the MacBook, Force Touch “enables new capabilities, like quickly looking up the definition of a word or previewing a file just by clicking and continuing to press on the trackpad.” Kind of like Apple embracing the right click – but with force as the actor.
These new pressure-sensitive iPhones could appear this fall.
The same report indicated that Apple is also working on a pink iPhone.
This isn’t the first time we’ve heard reports of Apple putting Force Touch into the new set of iPhones. AppleInsider cited sources back in February who said that the new phones would gain the tech.
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