Force Touch on iPhone 6s to Make iPhone Interactions Faster With Focus on 'Shortcuts'

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    Rumors have all but confirmed the upcoming iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus will include Force Touch, allowing the device to distinguish between a light tap and a deeper press to enable a wide range of new gestures.

    Force Touch has been built into the Apple Watch and the trackpads of the Retina MacBook and the newest Retina MacBook Pros, adding a whole new dimension to the way the devices are controlled. On the Apple Watch, Force Touch is used within apps to access different settings, and on the Mac, it can do things like previewing links in Safari, and accelerating rewind/fast forward speed in iMovie.

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    Force Touch on the iPhone will work similarly to the way that it works on the existing devices that offer Force Touch, but there are some differences, according to information an inside source shared with 9to5Mac. Force Touch on the iPhone is said to be used primarily for "shortcut actions," letting users perform tasks within apps more quickly.

    In Maps, for example, using Force Touch on a point of interest will cause turn-by-turn directions to start up immediately, while force pressing on a song in the Music app will bring up a menu to save it to a playlist. Force pressing on certain apps on the Home Screen could open directly to specific sections of the app.
    Aside from Force Touch, the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus will feature an A9 processor with 2GB of RAM, a revamped camera system with a 12-megapixel camera, improved Touch ID, and a chassis made of a new material with reinforcements at the weak points that previously caused some iPhones to bend. Rumors suggest the addition of Force Touch and the new reinforcements will cause the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus to be 0.2mm thicker, a change that will be hardly noticeable to most users.

    Article Link: Force Touch on iPhone 6s to Make iPhone Interactions Faster With Focus on 'Shortcuts'
     
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    i've never owned an S version nor have i ever wanted one until now
     
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    If this is the only main thing on that iPhone I will be skipping. But 2GB ram and I'm in.
     
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    On the Apple Watch, Force Touch can determine various levels of pressure. For instance, try slowly pushing down on the watch face. You can move it in and out based on how hard you press. I hope this capability is robust enough that Apple could unveil an API for it so that drawing apps can take advantage of the pressure sensitivity.

    I hope that we are able to Force Touch things we can’t usually tap. The article mentions home screen icons, which is a neat idea. But imagine being able to Force Touch various status bar icons to quickly perform various actions—although admittedly the tap target sizes for those icons are really small so that may never happen. We could also FT notifications on our home screen to bring up a menu to do various things (more options than we have now). Or Force Touch on the clock on the home screen to see our calendar or next meeting.

    As far as various potential home screen actions, I could see:

    FT on Settings to quickly change a customizable set of things
    FT on Calendar to quickly see your next meeting information
    FT on Notes to quickly jot something down
    FT on Camera to instantly take a picture or start recording a video
    FT on Maps to start directions home
    FT on Music to start your favorite playlist or station
    FT on Reminders to quickly make a new reminder to your default list

    I could go on, but I hope that they give us the ability to customize actions that can be taken when we FT different icons and third party apps as well.

    As for things we could do inside of apps, it would be nice if we could FT any image anywhere in iOS and get options to share or have it default share or save it to our preferred service. Or FT a website URL or URL bar to save it to a reading list or to Pocket. I could also see FT on emails being useful if Apple would build in additional capabilities to use our inbox like a to-do list. FT could enable that without over-complicating the interface. It would be neat to FT a phone number to quickly set a reminder to call that number, add it to contacts, etc. The same could be done for other actionable information.

    Another idea is that you could FT the keyboard to switch between modes for numeric, or third party keyboards, or emoji, etc. Or you could FT on Control Center to view another layer of controls. Or FT on a control center toggle to quickly switch it out with a list of other toggles that fly out in a circle around your finger. Or FT on any text input field and instantly start speaking to use dictation. Oh man there are so many fun things you could do!

    I also hope that we get some kind of Taptic Engine feedback when typing—as long as it feels right—but I don’t know if that would drain the battery or wear out the parts faster.
     
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    Force touch doesnt seem different than a long press.
     
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    Bring it on: ready for my Tmobile Jump on Demand phone swap!!
     
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    May the Force Be With You.............Star Wars tie in...... FTW.............:confused:

    The Force has been Awakened:eek:
     
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    Woo! Im waiting for my down payment to go down then that phone will be mine!

    -high fives-
     
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    Indeed. How is it any better than a long press?
     
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    it is the begining for the big one iPhone 7. They need force touch for them to remove the home button. but they need same sapphire cover so this mean sapphire instead of gorila glass and this force touch. This is the only way that can be operated like a home button without one. because force touch is not a 100% software based so if your app is frozen you can force touch and come back to home screen like you do with your home button now.
    So this force touch is forward thinking for the iP7. Like they did with ios7 and iphone 6, swipe left/right and with iphone 6 curved screen to be more fluent experience
     
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    Harder, not longer...

    I'm sure for many things it'll work the same way (but not take as long).

    But for other things: something like fast-forward, pressing very hard for super-fast (10x), but pressing just a little harder for slightly faster (2x) for longer would work out very differently.

    A lot of apps aren't going to take a lot of advantage of this right away, since so many phones do not have this option yet. Lots of time to grow with this one...

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    Except that it's completely different because long press does very little on iOS now?
     
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    And thanks to the protruding camera, Force Touch users can look forward to:

    ForceProtrusion.gif
     
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    I hate to be THAT guy, but isn't this basically long press on Android/Windows Phone (for the shortcut actions)
    I'm sure Force Touch will be used for other things when developers get their hands on it.
     
  18. Munky macrumors 6502

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    If you long press on an icon on the home screen it starts to shake so that you may move it....with force touch you can tap, just tap really hard and it registers it as force touch, thus showing you other options...
     
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    sorry but a long press is a software thing 100% and Force touch is not. So with force touch Apple will be able to remove the home button, and with long press NOT
     
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    The long press has always been nice when developers integrate it. But they don't always. First of all long-pressing a home icon currently is how you start moving them. So this would give an extra capability. But second of all—especially dealing with more complex interfaces and content—Force Touch gives you less of a margin of error for activating it. Sometimes the finger lingers on the screen. This UX interaction is more deliberate and would have a proper API. I'm not certain if there is an API for long-press or if developers roll their own code for that. An example is Tweetbot long-presses on the top back nav item quickly goes all the way back to your timeline if you've been clicking deeper into content. Tweetbot is also a good example of an app that has lots of custom design and interactions so they probably made it themselves.

    Furthermore this could potentially open the doors for future iPhone models to remove the home button. It's going to happen eventually as devices are always simplified and reduced where possible to save space.
     
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    Looks like a nice upgrade for even 6 owners
     
  22. RickInHouston macrumors 65816

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    This is yet another one of those cute apple marketing terms I'm going to have to hear over and over and over and over again.
     
  23. iWillNotUpgrade, Aug 10, 2015
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    This could also add a whole new dimension of complexity, perhaps in a bad way.
    Knowing what a "force touch" would do in all the circumstances in all the different apps could get quite confusing.
    I don't want to be pressing everywhere, trying to get some hidden functionalities out of some apps via trial and error.

    Anyways, I shall wait and see. Maybe it will grow to be a necessity
     
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    "You're not Force Touching it hard enough" Gate:rolleyes::oops:o_O
     
  25. joneill55 macrumors 6502

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    Samsung will knock off and copy and have "fake touch" in their next phone....count on it!
     

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