Force Touch is a new type of technology that you might have heard about, especially as it’s expected to be a key feature in the biggest smartphone releases this year.
But what exactly is it? And what will it be able to do? Will it change the way we use our phones for good? Let’s find out.
How does Force Touch work?
Force Touch is a piece of touch-sensitive technology developed by Apple. It first appeared on 2015’s Macbook notebooks and the Apple Watch. In July 2015, ZTE unveiled the Axon Mini – the first smartphone to employ Force Touch.
Force Touch uses advanced sensors to detect how hard you’re pressing down on a trackpad, touchscreen or other surface. This means that a light tap can perform one action, and a harder tap can result in a different one .
On the Macbook for example, a normal tap selects a folder, and thanks to Force Touch, a harder press will open it.
What can Force Touch be used for?
There are lots of imaginative suggestions for how Force Touch could be used in the future. Here are a few of our favourites.
- When you use a map, Force Touch could instantly turn on directions to your chosen location. This would be a lot less hassle than doing what most of us do at the moment – namely, selecting the destination, tapping a car icon, then tapping ‘start’ to begin your navigation.
- Force Touch could be used to give you much greater control over your video viewing. Go forwards and backwards, as speedily or as slowly as you wish, based on how hard you’re pressing down.
- You could use Force Touch to take your sketching and drawing to the next level. For example, you could quickly call up submenus (for different colours and brushes etc.) without being distracted from your drawing. And the touch sensitive functionality should also enable you to make different types of brush-stroke and shade things more accurately.
- Force Touch could another dimension to your gaming, and it’s sure to give game designers new ideas for making things more realistic. For starters, what about a football game where you can easily pass or shoot more accurately? Or a pinball game that knows how hard you’re pressing the flippers?
Force Touch sounds like it could transform the way we interact with our phones and other devices. We can't wait to see how it's used in the near future.
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