A Simple Software Update Lets Any Smartphone Detect Squeezes and Forceful Touches

Apple made a big deal about the advanced technology it developed to facilitate the 3D Touch feature on the iPhone 6s. But engineers at the University of Michigan have not only recreated the feature such that it can work on any smartphone, they’ve also improved it by enabling phones to detect when they’re being squeezed, too. Read More >>

Apple’s Being Sued Over Force Touch and 3D Touch

Apple’s latest whizzy user interface technology is found in Force Touch and 3D Touch, both of which use haptic feedback to make touchpads and screens come to life. But it might not have been so new after all, because now Apple’s being sued for allegedly infringing three patents over the tech. Read More >>

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Apple May Ruin the MacBook With a Force Touch Keyboard, Because Thinner is Better

Apple’s believed to be working on a Force Touch (shudder) keyboard that could become a fixture on future MacBooks. A recently-published patent describes an ‘ultra low travel keyboard’, which would likely work in a similar manner to the new MacBook’s trackpad or the iPhone 6S’ display, sensing and reacting to different levels of finger pressure. Read More >>

How Two Ex-Amazon Engineers Invented a New Type of Customisable Force Interface 

It feels like a wave of pressure-sensitive tactile interfaces has been about to crest for years. But a pair of engineers believe they’ve built the hardware and software that could delivers on that promise and they’ve recently funded the first round of production in just a couple of hours. Read More >>

iPhone 6S Rumour Roundup: Everything We Think We Know

How do you make the best iPhone ever even better? That’s the perennial question, one that’s inevitably easier to answer as Apple releases innovative new products. This year, the fan boy universe finds a plethora of clues in the company’s wearable computer. The iPhone 6s, these clues suggest, will be a giant Apple Watch. Read More >>

Here’s How iPhone 6S Force Touch Will Probably Work

Force Touch, first seen in Apple's Watch and latest MacBooks, is looking like a dead-cert for inclusion in the iPhone 6S and the super-sized iPhone 6S Plus. But what's it for? On the Watch, Force Touch allows for Apple to expand the number of visible controls on the smaller screen, and on the Mac it can be programmed to trigger all manner of shortcuts. But what will it do on an iPhone? Read More >>

Inside Apple’s New Force Touch Trackpad

Although this past Monday's Apple event was mostly dedicated to the Apple Watch, the most exciting (and perplexing) new piece of hardware was the updated MacBook. But one of its new features, the Taptic Engine-enabled "Force Touch" trackpad, also found its way into a refresh of the 13-inch MacBook Pro, which iFixit tore apart immediately. Read More >>

It Looks Like the iPhone 7 Will Have the New MacBook Force Touch Feature

You know when your grandad prods his iPhone screen harder, expecting something different to happen? Well, guess what...something different could happen in the iPhone of the future. The Wall Street Journal has confirmed (and take "confirmed" with a healthy pinch of salt) that the next-gen iPhone will use the Force Touch controls that debuted in the Apple Watch and resurfaced in the New MacBook. Read More >>