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The best new feature on the iPhone 6s may have just been confirmed in iOS 9 code

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 9:04PM EST
iPhone 6s iOS 9 Force Touch

In less than two weeks, Apple will hold its annual new iPhone launch event, with the iPhone 6s and the iPhone 6s Plus being the obvious stars of the show. The keynote is also supposed to bring several other announcements covering various other new Apple products. Many reports have so far suggested different specs and features that will supposedly be included in the new iPhones, and leaked images and videos have also shown purported iPhone 6s components.

Like each iPhone generation to date, the new iPhone will have one defining new feature, and it may have just been confirmed in existing iOS 9 code.

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Developer Hamza Sood, who has made a name for himself by finding traces of upcoming features in iOS code, has been able to generate code that would enable Force Touch gestures on the iPhone. “Some Force Touch code in iOS,” he said on Twitter, posting the following image. “Looks like they’ve tested [keyboard] trackpad gestures on the 6s, activated via Force Touch.”

Multiple reports have indicated that Apple will indeed bring Force Touch to the iPhone. The the new pressure-sensitive UI feature first debuted on the Apple Watch, and was then added to select MacBooks.

Some of the recent leaks have even shown the Force Touch display components required to enable the feature on the iPhone, with a detailed report on the feature suggesting that Force Touch is essentially a way for iPhone power users to speed up interactions when using certain apps.

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 brings his entertainment expertise to 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.


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