The pending retail debut of the Apple Watch is just weeks away, meaning that very soon a lot of us will have our first experience with Force Touch, Apple’s input system that allows the wearable to register not just the position of your finger on its screen, but also how hard you’re pressing. Understandably, Force Touch has been getting a lot of attention, and rumors have already suggested that Apple could be planning to bring the same technology to the next iPhone. Now a new report attempts to add support to this theory, and gets specific about just what it could cost Apple to implement an iPhone-sized Force Touch sensor.
Supposedly, Force Touch on the iPhone 6S Plus could cost about $14 per unit, about three times what it costs to make Force Touch happen on the smaller Apple Watch display.
We’re not sure if it’s just an effort to highlight the expense of a very large Force Touch sensor in particular, or if there might be another reason for this, but the report only mentions Force Touch on the 6S Plus – and not the regular-sized 6S. It’s entirely possible that Apple could consider Force Touch a premium feature for its larger handset, but we don’t want to jump too strongly on that theory without some additional support.
By Stephen Schenck | April 2, 2015 11:35 AM