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Force Touch on the iPhone 6S could change the way you launch apps

Apple’s next iPhone, widely expected to be called the iPhone 6S, will reportedly have a display that knows how hard you press down on it. Apple first introduced the feature, called Force Touch, in the Apple Watch and later rolled it out to the MacBook and MacBook Pro.

There will be “consistent usage of Force Touch across the operating system to ‘shortcut’ actions,” according to the report. For example, iPhone 6S users will be able to Force Touch an app icon on the home screen and be taken to a specific action; Force Touch the Phone icon and it will take you right to voicemails. Force Touch the Phone icon and it will take you right to voicemails.

Other uses include Force Touching a destination in Apple Maps to automatically launch turn-by-turn directions; Force Touching a song in the Music app to bring up a menu with options to add it to a playlist or save it for offline playback; and Force Touching a link in Safari to see a thumbnail preview.

Apple will reportedly announce the next iPhone alongside a redesigned Apple TV at an event in early September.

The iPhone 6S is rumored to come with a stronger aluminum construction that’s harder to bend, a faster A9 processor, 2GB of RAM, speedier LTE data speeds, improved battery life and a 12-megapixel camera capable of recording 4K video.

 

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