RUMORS: Apple iPhone 6S specs: Force Touch (don't say iPhone 7 OK?)

Next iPhone will complicate UI even more. Yikes...

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Apple iPhone 6S specs rumors are a-swirlin'. But please don't call it the iPhone 7. Will the shiny force touch you?

Super-secret-squirrel leakers are leaking secrets about Force Touch. Apparently, after its (ahem) rapturous reception in the Apple Watch, the finger-pressure-sensing feature will next be forced down iPhone users' throats, too.

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[Updated 5.35am PDT with some intriguing triangulation, 7.17am with today's And Finally, 9.24am and 2.28pm with additional analysis.]

Tim "mea" Culpan talks to the inevitable "people with knowledge of the matter":

Apple Inc. has started early production of new iPhone models with...Force the same 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch [sizes] as the current iPhone[s].

[It's] at least two years after it started working with suppliers to perfect the pressure-sensitive displays. ... The timing and production volume...phones could be impacted by the supply and yield of the displays.  MORE

And Gordon Kelly calls it "iOS 9’s biggest secret":

For those not familiar with Force Touch, it detects how hard a user presses down on the screen giving an additional type of input. ... It is already used in the Apple Watch and new MacBook Pros and...the potential here is huge.

The biggest [risk] factor is over complication. Right now almost everyone understands how to get around iOS but adding Force Touch will create doubt and potentially some frustration. ... Make a user uncomfortable and they stop using the element of this can already been seen in the Apple of Apple’s less intuitive products.

This ties in perfectly with previous production schedules and suggests Apple will again hold to its traditional early/mid September [release date].  MORE

Yes, Collen Kriel is clearly sold on the idea:

[It's] now almost a certainty.

Apple describes the technology as using “tiny electrodes around the flexible Retina display to distinguish between a light tap and a deep press, and trigger instant access to a range of contextually specific controls.”

Sources familiar with the development of iOS 9 [said it] is Force Touch ready, indicating that the feature will likely be...slated for release alongside the new operating system in September.  MORE

So Buster Hein even dares to use the 'C' word:

Apple fans with their ear to the rumor mill have known [this] for months [but] now we’ve got confirmation.

Adding Force Touch to the iPhone shouldn’t be a problem for Apple, however, getting iPhone owners to start using the new feature may take some getting used to.

Other features expected to be added to the iPhone 6s include a significantly improved camera, faster processor, more RAM, and possibily even a sapphire display.  MORE

Meanwhile, Michael Steinberg dares to use the 'A' word:

Only thing I really want is force touch to get rid of all notifications. ... I like that a lot on the watch and is sorely missing.

Android has had a way to get rid of all notifications at one time for quite a while now.  MORE

Similarly, Gary F surveys the competitive landscape, and finds something "cooler" (daring to use the 'S' word): [You're fired -Ed.]

Samsung introduced Air Touch in the S4 which meant you can get extra functionality out of the device without even having to touch the screen. This was impressive and useful but the fools removed it from the S6.

It's nice just to wave your finger around a few cm above the screen to reveal tooltips and longer email and calendar previews. Will Samsung revive Air Touch in response to Apple's "touch me harder" feature?  MORE

Update: Jonny Evans triangulates to accumulate:

We also learned that Apple is increasing its orders for high-end incorporate Force Touch Technology. ... A published Apple patent in early 2014 also revealed the company was experimenting with pressure sensitive screens.

[It] could see Apple devote a section of the display to act as a virtual Home free up more on-screen real estate without increasing the size of the device.

[Perhaps] fingerprint sensors are embedded in the display. ... Apple has acquired over two dozen biometric security patents from Privaris.  MORE

Update 2: Caitlin McGarry tells us why all this blather matters:

The long hard press could be a shortcut to quick functions like dropping a pin in Maps, creating a new Calendar event, and looking up word definitions. [It] might also crib the Apple Watch’s haptic feedback feature to send you a subtle vibration...when the display registers a Force Touch press.

Apple likes to keep its product lines consistent. ... After the company added Force Touch to the newest MacBook, it became clear that the gesture can be useful across the hardware spectrum, so its addition to the next iPhone isn’t at all surprising.  

Update 3: Hello to Jamal Carnette, who tells us to wave goodbye:

Apple fans may have to bid adieu to smaller-sized iPhones. ... Considering Apple generally keeps only two generations of its iPhone [which] points to a loss of the smaller 4-inch form factor...last used with the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c.

Any time you limit an option, you're taking away consumer choice. [But] in premium smartphones, it seems a 4-inch option is a thing of the past.  MORE

And Finally...
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