The rumor mill is already focused on the iPhones that Apple will release later this year. It is now believed that the Force Touch technology that Apple has incorporated in Apple Watch will be brought over to the company’s smartphones. A new report out of Taiwan suggests that if Apple ends up doing this, it will make Force Touch exclusive to the iPhone 6s Plus. That’s the moniker the rumor mill is giving to the larger of the two iPhones.
It’s not uncommon for the larger iPhone to have advanced hardware. For example the iPhone 6 Plus has optical image stabilization whereas the iPhone 6 does not.
So it certainly won’t be surprising if Force Touch is limited to the larger of the two iPhones that Apple is going to release later this year, provided that it actually has plans of bringing this technology to its smartphones.
According to reports the force sensing components may be exclusively supplied by Apple’s longtime partner TPK. These components could add $13-$14 to the overall bill of manufacturing for an iPhone 6S Plus unit.
Other than that, the next-generation iPhones are expected to come with the A9 processor, 2GB RAM, the Apple SIM and presumably the same 8-megapixel camera that you can find on the current flagships.
Apple traditionally releases new iPhones in the fall and there’s no reason to suspect that it plans on changing the release cycle this time around.