iPhone 6s to feature pressure-sensitive screen called ‘3D Touch Display’

Force Touch iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Apple’s next-generation iPhones, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will come with a new pressure-sensitive screen called ‘3D Touch Display’, according to 9to5Mac.

The report claims Apple will be using the next-generation Force Touch technology in the new iPhones, which will be called ‘3D Touch’. The new Force Touch technology is said to be one of the cornerstone features of the new iPhones.

While the MacBook trackpads and Apple Watch sense two levels of pressure, the differentiation between a tap and a press, the new iPhones will actually sense three levels of pressure: a tap, a press, and a deeper press, according to sources. The 3D Touch name is therefore derived from the new Force Touch sensor’s ability to sense three dimensions of pressure, rather than two. This opens up the door to new user-interface tricks, such as shortcut gestures across the iPhone 6s version of iOS 9.

Apple Watch and the new MacBook trackpads can also recognize deep press, so it is not exactly clear what would exactly be the difference between the Force Technolgy that was first introduced in these devices, and new 3D Touch technology.

As reported earlier, the implementation of the Force Touch feature 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.”

Last month, 9to5Mac had given few examples of how the new Force Touch technology will work 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 most interesting part of the report is that the new 3D Force Touch screen will also include the Taptic Engine, which could give taptic/physical feedback to the user.

The report also claims that the new 3D Touch Display will make its way to iPad Pro, which will come with a non-traditional looking stylus. Previous reports have suggested that the 12.9-inch iPad Pro will come with Force Touch enabled stylus.

In addition to 3D Touch display, iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will also come with faster A9 chip, 12MP rear camera with 4K recording capabilities, an improved 5MP front-facing FaceTime camera, Apple Watch-like animated wallpapers and possibility in a new Rose Gold color option.

Apple is expected to unveil iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, along with Apple TV, iPad Pro and iPad mini 4 at the media event on September 9.

[via 9to5Mac]

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