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More iOS 9 details spill out in another big leak

Published May 26th, 2015 12:48PM EDT
iOS 9: iPhone 6s Force Touch

Great news for everyone who loves the Apple Watch: One of its key features is apparently coming to the iPhone 6s. Apple’s new Force Touch touchscreen and trackpad technology is already available on the Apple Watch and select Macs, and a new report on Tuesday shed more light on how we can expect Apple to integrate this new technology into iOS 9.

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According to 9to5Mac, the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will indeed have special displays containing the special components required for Force Touch haptic feedback support, while iOS 9 will also have native Force Touch compatibility. Just like on the MacBook trackpad, the iPhone 6s will offer users real-time haptic feedback, which means users will get a physical response when using Force Touch gestures.

Not only will Force Touch actions work in Apple apps, but also in third-party apps, as developers will be able to integrate the gesture in their iOS creations. Users who are already experimenting with Force Touch gestures on MacBooks will find in iOS 9 similar functionality for Maps, Calendar and other apps.

Interestingly though, the feature won’t be as essential to iPhone users for navigating and using the device as it is on the Apple Watch, where Force Touch gestures are significantly more important. Instead, Force Touch on the iPhone 6s will be more of a “power user-centric” feature, a gesture that would let users “replace some long press-and-hold button interactions” and speed up their iOS experience.

Force Touch might be one new feature to distinguish the iPhone 6s from predecessors, but there are other smaller iOS 9 features coming to all existing devices that’ll run the new operating system.

The publication says Apple Pay will hit Canada next, although it’s still not clear when Canadians will receive Apple Pay support at this time, as Apple isn’t likely to make any announcement until all its deals are in place.

iMessage is also receiving some welcome new features, including support for read receipts for group chat threads, and read receipts on a contact-by-contact basis – the latter will let anyone activate read receipts only for certain contacts, replacing the all-or-nothing concept that’s used now.

The iOS 9 keyboard will also bring over some improvements, including a new, longer design which includes additional controls while in portrait mode. The company also plans to make QuickType more accessible in iOS 9.

Finally, Apple is considering dumping the Game Center app from iOS 9 and adding more data points for the Health application, the report says.

Chris Smith
Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.