Force Touch on upcoming iPhone 6s gets detailed ahead of launch, said to focus on ‘shortcuts’

iPhone 6s Force Touch report

One of the most oft-rumored new features headed to the next iPhone, known as the iPhone 6s on the ‘net right now, is Force Touch.

Now, in a new report from 9to5Mac, built from unnamed sources speaking to the publication, what Force Touch will look like, and function like, on the iPhone 6s has been revealed. According to the sources, Force Touch won’t be used to bring up other context-sensitive menus like it does right now on the Apple Watch, but will instead focus on simply functioning as a “consistent usage of Force Touch across the operating system to ‘shortcut’ actions.”

The sources actually provided a few examples of how that might look on the upcoming iPhone 6s:

  • New to the Force Touch experience, a user can look up a point of interest in the Maps application, and then Force Touch on the destination to immediately begin turn-by-turn directions. Currently, if a user wants to start navigating to a destination, she must search for the point of interest, click the navigation logo on the map view, then click another button to actually start navigating. In this case, the Force Touch gesture will skip two steps.
  • In the Music application, a user can Force Touch on a listed track to be presented with some of the most commonly-used actions. For instance, if a user deep presses on the listing for a song, a menu will appear to quickly add the song to a playlist or save it for offline listening. This Force Touch gesture would act as a substitute for clicking the actions button on the right side of each track listing in the Music app.
  • Another feature in testing, according to one source, are shortcuts that appear after Force Touching an app icon on the Home screen. For example, if a user deep presses on the Phone app icon, he could choose to shortcut directly to the Voicemail tab. This could also apply to deep pressing the News app icon and being taken directly to either the Favorites or For You tabs.
  • Some of the Force Touch gestures will come from Apple’s latest MacBooks. For instance, a user can Force Touch a link in Safari to see a preview of that webpage. The gesture also works for deep pressing on an address or contact name to see a preview of a map view or contact card, respectively. Similarly, a user can Force Touch a word to look up its definition.

The report articulates three different options that will show up when Force Touch is activated on the iPhone 6s (and iPhone 6s Plus). The first option will be no context-based pop-up options at all, as it happens on the MacBook and 13-inch MacBook Pro with Force Touch. The second option will be a menu that pops up around the finger that activates Force Touch. And, the last option will pop up an options list at the bottom of the display, as currently happens in iOS options.

The physical feedback for Force Touch is apparently “nice” and consistent across the system, according to the sources. They added a few other details, though, suggesting that 4K video was planned for the iPhone 6s at some point earlier in the year, but it’s still up-in-the-air whether or not it will make it into the final product later this year. It’s also been rumored several times that the iPhone 6s will also feature 2GB of RAM, along with the inclusion of Force Touch.

Based on this report, are you more excited for the iPhone 6s?

[via 9to5Mac]