The Apple Watch has been a rather controversial device even though its market debut is still around the corner. Whether or not the Watch will succeed in setting new standards for the smartwatch market remains to be seen, but the reason why we’re mentioning it is because some of its tech might cross over to the iPhone segment once Apple’s next-gen flagship phone hits the shelves.
As the title above already revealed, we’re referring to Force Touch – a new type of touch technology that differentiates between various levels of pressure, thus expanding a touch panel’s functionality. And according to the latest rumors, Force Touch will be present on the iPhone 6S Plus and it’ll cost 2.5 times more than the Watch’s sensor. Find the rest of the story right after the break.
Force Touch Coming to iPhone 6S Plus?
It was early January when we came across the first rumors suggesting that the next iPhone generation might borrow the Force Touch technology from the Apple Watch. Now these rumors have returned and they’re only mentioning the iPhone 6s Plus.
According to a new report from UDN, citing industry insiders who are familiar with TPK’s operations, the aforementioned manufacturer will record significant profits this year, as it will be responsible (along with GIS) for supplying Apple with Force Touch sensors designed for the iPhone 6S Plus. But because the Watch’s screen is 1.5 / 1.65-inches in diameter whereas the iPhone 6S Plus will pack a much larger display (5.5-inch), the Force Touch sensor for the aforementioned phablet will also be 2.5 times more expensive ($13-14) than the sensor fitted on the Apple Watch, which costs around $4-5 a pop.
Another interesting aspect about this fresh report is that the iPhone 6S isn’t mentioned, which might mean that Force Touch technology could be reserved for the larger 6S Plus. It wouldn’t entirely surprise us given the fact that some technologies flaunted by the iPhone 6 Plus are missing on the smaller iPhone 6 (like OIS), but Force Touch might have a much bigger impact on the way people utilize their iPhones and this could set the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus apart to a larger extent.
Either way, the information above can’t be confirmed so only time will tell what the future has in store for us. Stay tuned and we’ll keep you posted as soon as we find out more on the matter.