“Apple Inc. plans to add sensors to detect how hard a user is pressing on a screen to its next iPhones, incorporating a technology used in its forthcoming MacBook and Apple Watch, according to people familiar with the matter,” Lorraine Luk reports for The Wall Street Journal. “Apple’s Force Touch technology can distinguish between a light tap and deep press, allowing users to control a device differently depending on how hard they push on a surface.”
“The touch technology is one of the changes that Apple plans for the next versions of its iPhones due for release later this year, these people sai,” Luk reports. “Apple isn’t changing the size of the displays in the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch iPhones and plans to keep the resolution similar, but it may add another color for the aluminum casing of the iPhone, these people said. Currently, Apple offers the iPhone in three colors: silver, gold and space gray. It is testing a new pink option to the lineup, these people said.”
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MacDailyNews Take: As we said back in February when AppleInsider reported this, “And, Android, littered across a veritable junkyard full of disparate devices, will not be able to follow.”
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