Rumor: Apple begins manufacturing of next-gen iPhone, will include Force Touch systems in all models
Date: Monday, June 29th, 2015, 09:23
Category: Hardware, iPhone, Rumor
Whatever the next-gen iPhone is packing for features, they’re apparently building it right now.
This is the rumor, as Apple has started early production of its next-generation iPhone models that will retain 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch form factors and integrate Force Touch technology.
A Bloomberg article has sources close to Apple suppliers stating that they’re in the midst of an early manufacturing run of the company’s next iPhone models, which will bring pressure-sensitive Force Touch technology to the device.
The Force Touch feature was first deployed with the Apple Watch and incorporates sensors installed around the edge of Watch’s screen measure the amount of force being exerted by a user’s finger, which is then translated into gesture control signals.
Previous rumors stated that the Force Touch feature would only be found on the larger “iPhone 6s Plus” handset, albeit the current rumors suggest pressure-sensitive screens will come standard on all next-gen models.
Additionally, sources said transitioning to the new handset line should be a smooth process for manufacturers, as Apple’s upcoming iPhones retain current iPhone 6 series designs. As with any new technology, however, the incorporation of Force Touch could affect display assembly yields and cause production slow downs.
Mass production for the next-gen iPhone is said to begin in August.
Stay tuned for additional details as they become available.