iOS 9 code appears to confirm Force Touch for iPhone 6s

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Apple Watch's Force Touch is coming to iPhone.
Apple Watch’s Force Touch is coming to iPhone.
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The addition of Force Touch on the next iPhone has been churning through the rumor mill practically since Apple unveiled the technology with the Apple Watch last year. We’ve yet to see any component leaks that confirm the tech is actually coming to the iPhone 6s, but one developer may have just found evidence that it’s definitely on the way.

iOS developer Hamza Sood discovered key references to Force Touch in iOS today that appear to confirm the iPhone 6s will indeed come with pressure sensitive technology, and it may also add the new trackpad gestures that Apple is adding to iPad with the release of iOS 9.

Here’s what Hamza found:

The iPhone 6s production is already in full swing, so based on software clues alone, it definitely looks like Force Touch made the cut for this year’s update. Apple was reportedly experimenting with different placements for the Force Touch sensor, and debated putting it between the iPhone’s protective screen cover, or underneath the backlighting layer.

Previous leaks of the iPhone 6s display components haven’t revealed where Apple ultimately decided to place the Force Touch sensor. Just because Apple has added support for Force Touch in iOS 9’s code, doesn’t gauranutee the feature will actually make it into onto the iPhone 6s though. Last year Apple quietly added code to iOS 8 to support split-screen view on the iPad, but the feature was never made available to the public.

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