iPhone for 2016 is said to kick off production early next month, and rumors say the next generation Apple smartphone will come with the Force Touch feature, plus the design of the current devices. According to those with knowledge of the matter, Force Touch allows users to reveal more options by pressing the trackpad or screen harder. The feature senses how hard the press is. It was first seen in Retina MacBook Pros, 12-inch MacBooks, as well as Apple Watch. The feature is heavily integrated with Apple’s wearable for navigation, considering the compact design of the watch.
The production of Apple phones with Force Touch screens could be affected by the availability of the displays, a source told Bloomberg. However; the Cupertino company expects a smooth production, as the phones will inherit similar designs of the existing devices, iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
Apple’s current flagship phones are in 4.7- and 5.5-inch variants and their successors will have the same exterior looks, said Bloomberg. Aside from Force Touch, there have been reports that the next-generation iPhone will be about 0.2mm thicker and 0.15mm longer, in order to make room for the Force Touch. The device camera bump, however, is another thing entirely.
A separate report from KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says that the next Apple smartphone will come in Rose Gold, a new color option, and it will include a 12MP camera. iOS 9 likewise hints a device which will sport a front facing camera, with a higher quality.
In regards to the upcoming platform iOS 9, it is rumored to support the Force Touch feature of the device. Apple is said to be working with developers to integrate the feature into the apps; Force Touch requires the company to clear up control space throughout the iOS, similar to Maps and media apps, which involve dropping new pins and pressure sensitive scrolling, respectively.
Referring to the iPhone 2016, which will come with the Force Touch feature, Forbes said the theoretical applications of the upcoming iPhone functionality may include using it in camera mode to burst photography, time-lapse and slow motion in real-time, or turning photography and video on and off. It can bring new shortcuts for difficult to reach screen regions due to larger displays, new control game options or easier multiple file and text selection in apps. Just like in MacBook Pro, it may expedite scanning through video playback.
According to Forbes, Force Touch in the next Apple smartphones makes perfect sense, given that various other devices already have the feature. Thus, it is expected the feature will surface in the next iPads as well. The website’s tech section said it also brings the risk of over-complication to iPhones. As iPhone users are starting to learn using iOS, adding another feature may create “doubt and potential frustrations.” Questions like “Should I touch or Force Touch this button to do what I want it to do?” or “Can I Force Touch A and B or just X and Y?” Forbes said that making the user feel uncomfortable with a feature will make them stop using it.
According to those who have knowledge over Force Touch, the feature took Apple two years to reach an approach with its phones, after the company started collaborating with its suppliers to make the pressure-sensitive displays ready for public use. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus sport bigger displays to be in line with rivals, such as Samsung and HTC Corporation, to meet the increasing demand in Asian countries and China for bigger screens.
Some believe that iPhone 2016 will come with the Force Touch feature to stay ahead with competitors. South Korea’s Samsung Electronics released this year Galaxy S6, which display can be viewed from the side. The flagship has brought Apple 61.2 million sales in the March quarter, which is a 40 percent climb and is currently beating the 58.1 million estimate. For the first time, the iPhone was more than a hit in China than in the U.S., based off this year’s first calendar quarter. The current phone sales brought Apple to the top of global smartphone sales, the place occupied by Samsung for the past three years.
By Judith Aparri
Edited by Chanel van der Woodsen
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