Force Touch Code Discovered In IOS 9

After several rumors have suggested that Force Touch will be making its way to iPhone 6s, developer Hamza Sood has discovered some affirming indications in some iOS 9 pseudo code.

Some force touch code in iOS. Looks like they’ve tested kb trackpad gestures on the 6s, activated via force touch

— Hamza Sood (@hamzasood) August 26, 2015

Sood points out that the code seems similar to the iPad keyboard’s new trackpad text selection in iOS 9. This seems to indicate that Apple is taking a reasonable approach to Force Touch on iPhone. Pressing harder while dragging over some text seems pretty natural for highlighting or selecting the text.

Force Touches have been rumored to be similar to Force Touches on Mac, which includes thousands of levels of pressure detection. Apple Watch also detects a level of pressure as part of Force Touch.

Although the term “enableDeepPress” seems to indicate that a Force Touch would be recognized as a binary action in this specific case, it is probable that other Force Touch actions will be pressure sensitive on iPhone 6s.

Even if iPhone 6s ends up without Force Touch, it’s pretty clear that it can be expected on a new iOS device. Would Force Touch encourage you to upgrade to Apple’s latest iPhone, or do you see the technology as more of a gimmick? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below

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