The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are only a few years old, but the rumor mill surrounding their successors is already up and running. There are still several months to go before the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus make their debuts, but a new report claims that Apple is bringing a major new feature over to the new iPhones this year, one that’s borrowed from the as yet unreleased Apple Watch.
Given the iPhone maker’s notorious secrecy, it’s nigh on impossible to get reliable information on an Apple product this far ahead of its release. That said, it looks like the crew over at AppleInsider have gotten their hands on some plausible information from… well… insiders at Apple.
Citing sources familiar with Apple’s plans for the next generation of iPhone, AppleInsider‘s report comes with both good news and some bad news. The good news is that Force Touch – the pressure-sensitive feature Apple introduced with the Apple Watch – may be on its way to the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus.
What that means is that the next generation of iPhone might well have a good deal more in the way of input options than previous versions. Owners of the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus might well be able to not only tap and swipe across their screens, but to press on the screen in order to open up new options.
In introducing the Apple Watch, Apple said that Force Touch was its “most significant new sensing capability since Multi-Touch,” the touchscreen feature that allows iPhone and iPad owners to place more than one finger to the screen to interact with apps. The feature would certainly distinguish Apple’s next iPhones from their competition; not that Apple needs the help, though, considering the runaway sales of the latest iPhone models.
There is one apparent bit of bad news, though.AppleInsider’s report claims that iPhone lovers that aren’t fans of the bigger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus models of last year likely won’t find any satisfaction this year. Apparently, rumors that Apple was working on a smaller iPhone model in the vein of the 6 and 6S appear to have been unfounded, and this year’s refresh will only come in the same sizes Apple revealed last fall. Apple sometimes pulls an unexpected trick from its sleeve in terms of variants introduced, but there will be no way to know until Apple CEO Tim Cook takes the stage.
Another bit of disappointing news: Rumors that Apple would put some incredible photo tech into the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus also may be unfounded. Apple will apparently forego a dual-camera system, keeping the same form factor seen in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.
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