Apple’s forthcoming iOS 9 supports ‘iPhone 6s’ Force Touch

“Some of iOS 9‘s more important planned enhancements include split-screen apps on iPads, a new Home app for controlling HomeKit accessories, a new system-wide UI font, a mass transit directions service for the Maps app, and major quality, performance, and security enhancements,” Mark Gurman reports for 9to5Mac. “However, multiple sources note that there will also be some smaller, but still important, tweaks to the operating system.”

“Sources confirm that the next-generation iPhone will look like an iPhone 6 but will include a Force Touch display with haptic feedback as one of its marquee feature additions,” Gurman reports. “To go with the new hardware, Apple has designed iOS 9 to be Force Touch-ready and is working to let developers integrate Force Touch into App Store apps.”

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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.”


  1. Whenever a headline asks a question, the answer is almost always, “NO!” The same is true in this case.

    Why do people insist on asking such stupid questions? Some of us do just a bit more with our computers than email, surfing the internet, and posting useless crap to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. In fact, some us use our computers primarily for very involved, creative processes that cannot be carried out on an Apple Watch, an iPhone, or even an iPad.

    The Facebook/Twitter losers can be content with their meaningless lives. Let the rest of us use big-boy computers so we can make the world run.

    1. HAHAHAH – good job “berenbob” best silly rant I’ve read in a long time! Let me see if I have this right – you consider yourself vastly superior to anyone who would use Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter, – found it extremely important to point out that you are creative and have a meaningful life, and did’t really read the headline or post, because actually, the headline is not a question. Niiiiiiice!

  2. Having used my Apple Watch for almost a month now, I suspect that Jobs would have nixed the idea of force touch. After all, this is the guy that insisted on the one-button mouse (because “people will never hit the wrong one”). True, he eventually capitulated, but force touch is a new dimension in confusion. I find myself often wondering if I should press harder on a given app button. Sometimes, I just try different pressures when nothing seems to be happening (often just the watch being slow). Force touch is not intuitive at all; particularly as different apps use it in different ways. Sure others will disagree, but I’d be just as happy if force touch didn’t make it into the iOS and Mac OS X UI.

    1. Not so sure about Jobs nixing force touch. The very first 2007 iPhone had multi-touch, after all, which was new to most people but intuitive enough… once you knew it was there.

      Under Jobs’ watch, there’s other examples of a single control doing different things depending on how you how many times or how long you pressed it for. The earphone controls, the iPhone/iPad Home button (at least 4 functions in the iPhone 4s, the final generation that Jobs oversaw and approved… and we’re up to about 7 functions now). When it comes to buttons, only one function per button is intuitive; everything else you must learn about, or find out by experimenting.

      In a way, we already saw an earlier incarnation of Force touch with the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus where you double-touch the Home button, which made it possible to operate one-handed but still reach controls at the top.

      1. To be fair, one-touch versus multi-touch is different from one-touch versus stronger one-touch.

        Elder people, for example, often times do not even understand the concept of difference between touch and press, you can explain it over and over to no result.

        If Force Touch would be turned on by default, then for those people iPhone will become unusable. It is not like with multi-touch, where they have to use more than one finger for additional functions.

    2. I kind of agree – force touch can be confusing a little – especially when it is to do an action like end a workout. Most of the time on the watch it is used as a shortcut. However, I can see lots of interesting opportunities for things like scrolling faster, or pressure sensitive drawing or game play. Just like now the two finger pinch feels normal, I think there will be actions that make sense because using force in a situation makes sense. At least that is what I’m hoping for!

  3. Again, haptic feedback part of this rumour is unlikely.

    This is not a touch pad, the screen should not “click” when you press on it, it makes no sense.

    And since iPhone is way thinner than Apple Watch and haptic feedback engine is significant in size, it is not really feasible to put it in there. There is literally no room/thickness to put this thing there. Apple would have to either cut battery or to increase iPhone’s thickness — both of which are not likely.

    1. What? Since when was the multi-touch screen of an iPhone NOT a freakin’ touch pad? What you do is touch it! That’s ALL you can do to it! Touch it in some way!!!! Whether it needs to vibrate or not is another issue, but to say an iPhone isn’t a touch pad is like saying an iPhone isn’t a phone. Which would be of doofski proportions. Perhaps ‘derrrrrrrrs’ is a very appropriate name for you.

      Written in full sarcastic rant mode. Don’t take it personally.

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