There s been some buzz around the iPhones Apple plans on launching this year. KGI analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has released a report reiterating that the new iPhones will boast Force Touch technology, but it will work differently to MacBook and Watch. Furthermore, he also claims that Apple is unlikely to launch the 4-inch iPhone this year. Also Read - Apple TV Plus for free: PS5 owners get six months subscription free of costAlso Read - This photo shot with iPhone X by an Indian wins iPhone Photography Awards
The research note sourced by AppleInsider, claims that the Force Touch implementation on the new iPhones will represent “the most significant change” to date in the iPhone user interface. This is also the reason why Apple is reportedly planning on breaking tradition and calling the new smartphone iPhone 7 rather than iPhone 6S. Also Read - Top Apple gadgets, accessories for less than Rs 15,000 for Apple fans
As per the note, unlike the MacBook or Watch, the Force Touch input on the forthcoming iPhones will only detect how much of the user s finger is in contact with the screen. This will help it distinguish if it is a long press or just a light tap. While current iPhones have some awareness of this tap radius, the new technology will be able to accurately determine the contact area.
We believe that iPhone s Force Touch sensor doesn t directly detect the pressure applied by fingers. Instead, it monitors the contact area on which the finger touches the screen to decide how big the pressure is.
There are two possible structural designs for Force Touch from a technology viewpoint. The Force Touch sensor can either be placed between the cover lens and the In-cell touch panel or under the In-cell touch panel s backlight. In the first position, the technological challenge lies with how to produce the transparent Force Touch sensor; in the second position, the challenge is how to reduce signal interference from in-cell touch panel. Our understanding of the technology is that producing a transparent Force Touch sensor is more difficult, so the chances are the new iPhone this year will opt for the second position.
As mentioned above, Kuo also claims that unlike what has been reported before, Apple will not be launching a 4-inch variant of the iPhone this year. There is however no evidence backing this claim. While the analyst has a good track record when it comes to Apple-related leaks, we advise you to take this with the proverbial pinch of salt.
From what we have heard so far, the forthcoming iPhones are expected to be powered by Samsung-made A9 processor paired with 2GB of RAM. On the software front, these smartphones will run on iOS 9. Reports claim that Apple is focusing on stability and performance improvements over introduction of new features.