As is true with most past “s” editions on the iPhone, Apple’s newest pocket-friendly device will see some changes on the inside—and not so much the outside. One of the biggest additions is Force Touch, the deep-press tech that lets your finger do more interesting things onscreen, and now we know how it might work.
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According to 9to5Mac’s Mark Gurman, who is a consistent purveyor of accurate Apple rumors, the iPhone 6s’ implementation of Force Touch will be all about shortcuts, letting you spend less time searching and more time using. Here are a few examples summarized from Gurman’s report:
- Use Force Touch in Maps to immediately jump to turn-by-turn directions after looking up a point of interest.
- You can Force Touch in the Music application to add songs to playlists or download for offline viewing.
- Force Touch can be used on the Home screen as well. For example, a deep press on the Phone icon lets you immediately jump to voicemail.
- Force Touch functions seen in the latest MacBooks will also make an appearance so you can Force Touch links for preview of webpages and definitions to highlighted words.
Nice additions? Definitely. Going to give you restless iPhone jealousy with your now old and busted iPhone 6? Not quite. Of course, the rumored iPhone 6s may have some other features that could make it a more worthy successor, including a stronger frame and an improved camera. Luckily, we’re less that one month from learning all the details.
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