Apple’s iPhone 6 getting Force Touch functionality

Victor Barreiro Jr.

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Apple’s iPhone 6 getting Force Touch functionality
Sources say a future version of Apple's iPhone 6 will get Force Touch capabilities. The feature would enable pressure-sensitivity controls on an iPhone.

MANILA, Philippines – As Apple strives to innovate on the latest iterations of its smartphone line, it’s taking cues from the Apple Watch and adapting it for iPhone lovers everywhere.

Sources told Bloomberg on June 27 that a future version of Apple’s iPhone 6, the iPhone 6S, will get Force Touch capabilities previously found on the Apple Watch. The feature senses how strongly a user is pressing down on the screen, and will bring up a different set of functions depending on the pressure applied.

The Force Touch feature, while a logical step that can produce a more finely-tuned experience for users, may also be a risky maneuver in the fight for smartphone supremacy.

Forbes’ analysis of the feature points to an element of risk in introducing a potentially new, frustrating experience for users who aren’t as deft with their presses. Such a feature may also fragment the app market, with some apps possibly using Force Touch in one situation while a similar app treats the same Force Touch usage situation differently.

Forbes also wrote, “Furthermore Force Touch in OS X is currently still a gimmick with novelty functionality that is only available in limited situations.”

Regardless of the wisdom of Force Touch’s introduction to the smartphone rat race, there won’t be anything to stop it in the near future. Bloomberg added that “volume manufacturing is scheduled to ramp up as soon as next month,” according to its sources. –

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Victor Barreiro Jr.

Victor Barreiro Jr is part of Rappler's Central Desk. An avid patron of role-playing games and science fiction and fantasy shows, he also yearns to do good in the world, and hopes his work with Rappler helps to increase the good that's out there.