iOS 9 will reportedly support Force Touch in the ‘iPhone 6S’, changes coming to iMessage, keyboard and Apple Pay

iOS 9, the next major iteration of Apple’s mobile operating system powering the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, reportedly has built-in support for Force Touch technology which debuted on the Apple Watch, suggesting the possibility of pressure-sensitive screens on the next iPhone and iPad.

Now, according to a report published recently by 9to5Mac, Apple is looking to bring its Force Touch technology, which is one of the paramount features for the Apple Watch (and some MacBook trackpads), to the iPhone. The report indicates that Apple has included support for the technology in iOS 9, and that it will be accessible to those who buy an iPhone 6S later this year. The report indicates that the next iPhone will look like the iPhone 6 from 2014, so Apple will follow its own routine yet again in 2015 when it comes to yearly refreshes.

Developers are reportedly gaining the ability to integrate Force Touch into App Store apps right now, and the report suggests that Apple is implementing the new feature to help clear up some control space within the platform. It should also replace some press-and-hold button interactions in iOS as well.

Interestingly enough, Apple’s goals for Force Touch with the iPhone is closer to that on the MacBook trackpads than the Apple Watch. The company aims to allow users to control media playback through Force Touch, for example, or drop pins in Apple Maps. Utilizing Force Touch in Calendar, in another example, can quickly add a new event.

Interestingly enough, the report suggests that Force Touch for the iPhone 6S won’t be unveiled at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June, where Apple is expected to announce iOS 9 proper. Instead, Apple will talk about Force Touch for the iPhone at its iPhone-specific event later this year, when it unveils the iPhone 6S. Considering its a hardware feature, and more than likely one of the selling points for the next iteration of Apple’s smartphone, that makes the most sense.

iOS 9‘s Passbook application reportedly includes the necessary foundation to support banks, credit/debit cards and credit unions in Canada. This doesn’t come as a surprise given recent reports saying Canada will become the first country outside of the United States to officially support Apple Pay.
iMessage enhancementsThe story claims that iMessage in iOS 9 has received minor enhancements, including read receipts for group chat threads and on a contact-by-contact basis The latter should make it easy to enable read receipts only for certain contacts.

Lastly, the report says new data types are coming to Health in iOS 9 and claims Apple will remove Game Center from users’ Home screens as any features of that app should be fully accessible through Game Center-enabled apps and games.

[via 9to5Mac]


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