Every report we’ve heard suggests that Force Touch is practically a lock for Apple’s next-generation iPhones, but a rumor coming out of Taiwan claims that the feature was originally planned as a handset exclusive for the iPhone 6s Plus.
According to supply chain sources, the iPhone 6s Plus alone was originally designed to include Force Touch sensors, although Apple has since changed its mind and decided to incorporate the technology into both the 6s Plus and smaller 6s.
That’s certainly good news if — like the majority of customers — you plan to buy the smaller 4.7-inch iPhone 6s, but still want to take advantage of the latest Apple tech.
Personally until I hear Apple confirm it in an interview, I’m not so sure about the idea that Force Touch was originally set to appear only in the plus-sized iPhone.
While it’s definitely true that Apple has incorporated features exclusively into its plus-sized phones in the past (optical stabilization, for one thing) it wouldn’t make any sense for Apple to add such a major interface element into just one of its new iPhones.
Unless Force Touch will only be used in very selective circumstances, having Force Touch in one iPhone and not the other would mean creating a substantially different interface for the 6s and 6s Plus. That may be a throw-things-at-the-wall-to-see-what-sticks Android move, but it’s not an Apple one.
Given how high Apple is on Force Touch right now — introducing it to everything from the Apple Watch to the new MacBooks — it makes sense that the company would want it to be a major part of the iPhone going forwards, and not just a tacked-on extra.
With that said, today’s report does at least confirm that TPK will be handling all the work for creating the necessary modules for Apple’s iPhone Force Touch tech. While the company has refused to comment on these reports, industry watchers expect TPK to record significant revenue growth in the second half of 2015.
Given the amount of units the iPhone 6s is likely to sell, is anyone even the faintest bit surprised?