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Force Touch on iPhone 6S will reportedly recognize three kinds of taps

Force Touch on iPhone 6S will reportedly recognize three kinds of taps


Tap, press, and deep press with the rumored 3D Touch Display

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Everyone knows Apple plans to bring Force Touch to the upcoming iPhone 6S (competitor Huawei has already copied the feature), but it sounds like there may be more to it than that. The feature will reportedly be called the "3D Touch Display," and there's a reason for the name.

Update: Read the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus review.

According to Mark Gurman of 9 to 5 Mac, the iPhone 6S will be able to detect not just taps and presses, but also a deep press. If you're keeping score, that's three different input methods — hence the "3D" moniker.

Considering scant few touchscreen smartphones have ever supported two different types of taps (let alone three), Apple will likely have quite a bit of work to do to teach users how and when to use Force Touch on their phones. Force Touch in OS X has already had some issues with this — it surely won't be any simpler on a small screen.

Of course, this is all assuming that the rumors are accurate. That said, Gurman and his sources have a strong track record. He also reports that the rumored iPad Pro will include this 3D Touch technology as well. We'll find out for certain on Wednesday, September 9th. In the meantime, check out what else we're expecting Apple to announce.

Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that no touchscreen smartphone has ever offered two kinds of taps.