Heard of the Force Touch technology before right? If so you must be aware that the next generation iPhone is supposed to sport this display technology. This isn't the first smart device to sport the technology though. In fact the Force Touch first made its appearance in the Apple Watch last year.
What is a Force Touch?
Just in case the concept of Force Touch went over your head, let's explain it in details. Force Touch is a display technology which allow the touch sensor of the panel to respond differently depending on the intensity of the touch. For example touching the on screen back button of the device might get you back by just one step, whereas giving it a little more pressure can take you back to the homepage.
Despite the recent rumours about this technology being featured on iPhone 6S, most of us were inquisitive to know how Apple plans to implement it. Nevertheless 9to5Mac has apparently dug up some information on Apple's approach of implementing this technology - thanks to their insider sorces.
The report states that Apple has is called the iOS implementation of the Force Touch as ‘Orb'. In fact the company is working on their OS to fully implement the Force Touch technology. It will be used in such a way that the UI now becomes a lot more intuitive and easier to use.
Force Touch implementation:
In fact the insider source of 9toMac quotes a few examples on how the company is planning to implement the technology:
- 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.
iPads with Force Touch coming in future?
The report further states that the company is working on two of their 12.9 inch iPads codenamed the J98 and J99. But the best part is that the company is working to implement the new Force Touch technology on such a large display. The devices are tipped to be launched alongside the iOS 9.1 update.
Nevertheless the new Force Touch technology will only be supported in the company's native apps. But Apple is hopeful that soon developers will soon code their apps to support the technology.