Apple Watch will borrow a lot of tech from the iPhone when it ships in April, but according to a new rumor from supply chain sources in China, Apple is planning to bring one of its wearable’s coolest features to the next iPhone.
The Economic Daily News has reported that Apple is considering adding ‘3D touch’ technology to the iPhone 6s, similar to Apple Watch’s Force Touch. According to the sources, Apple’s is planning to tap US-based Avago Tech as the main supplier for the iPhone 6S 3D touch technology.
The report doesn’t fully explain how Apple will implement the technology on the iPhone 6s, but if it’s the same as Apple Watch, the new displays will use tiny electrodes to distinguish between a light tap and a deep press to trigger contextually specific controls.
Force Touch is particularly useful on the Apple Watch’s small display which limits the amount of multi-touch inputs you can use. Adding it to the iPhone 6S would introduce new layers for inputs in apps, but could also add new complexities to using an iPhone.
Rumors of Apple adding a 3D pressure sensor to the iPhone 6s began to surface last month, along with rumors that camera module could be in for its biggest upgrade ever. Apple isn’t expected to unveil the iPhone 6s until Fall of 2015, so for now it’s worth taking all these rumors with a bigger-than-big serving of skepticism.