Where’s there’s smoke, there’s fire. And with regards to Force Touch on Apple’s upcoming iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus refresh, you might as well label it a 4-alarm fire. The Wall Street Journal kicked off the festivities in early March, proclaiming that Force Touch would arrive on the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who tends to get these types of things right more than wrong, added further confirmation earlier this month.
Now, 9to5Mac, a publication that has a pretty solid track record when it comes to Apple leaks (look no further than the site almost completely nailing the design/specs for the 12-inch MacBook) has issued further confirmation of Force Touch for Apple’s next generation iPhones. 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman goes on to explain that iOS 9 will have built-in support to take advantage of the new hardware capabilities of the Force Touch-enabled iPhones, and that developers will be able to add the functionality directly into their apps.
Force Touch will finds its way within “Maps to drop new pins, into media players for pressure-sensitive scrolling, into the Calendar for adding new events, and across the system for quickly looking up word definitions,” according to Gurman.
In other words, it sounds like a nice gimmick to add to the iPhone 6S, but likely won’t be a make-or-break feature for potential customers. For now, it’s being billed as a feature geared more towards “power users.”
Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) is scheduled to kick off next month, but don’t expect to see anything regarding Force Touch at the event. Since Force Touch involves both software and future, unannounced hardware, Apple won’t reveal its hand so far in advance of the expected August unveil of the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus.