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This is the coolest new feature in the latest OS X Yosemite beta

March 12th, 2015 at 6:00 PM
Yosemite OS X 10.10.3 Update: Force Touch

Here’s some great news for anyone who wants a preview of some new features found in Apple’s new 12-inch MacBook. 9to5Mac reports that Apple on Thursday released the new OS X 10.10.3 beta, which includes new features such as support for the new OS X gestures Apple introduced with the 12-inch MacBook.

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The OS X 10.10.3 (14D98g) update includes the Photos app and support for the Force Touch gesture that’s going to be available to 2015 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro buyers and 12-inch MacBook buyers.

The beta also includes new APIs that will allow developers to include Force Touch functionality in their OS X Yosemite apps.

Force Touch, a kind touch-based technology Apple first used in the Apple Watch, will also be available both inside Yosemite and in all third-party apps that will support it.

For Force Touch to work, users will need a device with appropriate hardware, specifically the new trackpad available in the 2015 MacBook models that comes with its own chip and feedback motor. What Force Touch does is to detect and respond to stronger pressure from the user’s fingers when touching the trackpad, triggering certain shortcuts or features inside the operating system or apps.

Chris Smith started writing about gadgets as a hobby, and before he knew it he was sharing his views on tech stuff with readers around the world. Whenever he's not writing about gadgets he miserably fails to stay away from them, although he desperately tries. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.

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