Apple's iOS 9 operating system will reportedly support its Force Touch tool when it is unveiled at the company's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) next month, with the iPhone 6S expected to be the first phone to support the feature.
9to5Mac has the scoop, reporting that iOS 9 will add support for Force Touch as Apple plans to add a screen with haptic feedback to its next-generation iPhone. It is unlikely the phone will be confirmed at the event, though.
Force Touch apparently will add similar functionality to that found on Apple's 12in MacBook, including pressure-sensitive scrolling or looking up definitions quickly. The report adds that the technology could also replace much of the long press and hold button interactions currently found on iOS 9.
This rumour arrives just days after it was reported that Apple's next iOS iteration will come optimised for older devices including the iPhone 4S and original iPad Mini when it debuts at the company's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) next month.
A report at 9to5Mac claims that, unlike previous versions of iOS when have often caused performance issues on older devices, iOS 9 will focus on better supporting older Apple hardware.
According to the report, Apple has been working on ways to make legacy iPhones and iPads more efficient with iOS 9 onboard, and has restructured its software engineering process to better support older hardware.
Previously, Apple has released a feature-complete version of iOS before removing a handful of features during the testing process. With iOS 9, Apple will reportedly create a version of the operating system designed specifically for A5-powered devices including the iPhone 4S and original iPad Mini.
That's not all iOS 9 has in store, according to the report. In a bid to further boost its position in the enterprise mobile space, Apple is planning to "significantly enhance" the software's security credentials.
A new kernel-level security system called 'Rootless,' which is also set to feature on Apple's next-generation Mac OS X 10.11 release, will prevent even administrative-level users from being able to access certain protected files on Apple devices, in a bid to fend off malware and preserve the security of sensitive data.
Apple also plans to transition more apps over to its iCloud Drive back-end to enhance their encryption and to 'pull users' away from competing cloud services, and will reportedly debut a 'Trusted WiFi' feature to equip users with better encryption when on an unfamiliar WiFi network.
9to5Mac reports that Apple is also planning to showcase a major update to its Swift programming language at next month's WWDC.
According to previous rumours, iOS 9 will also bring with it a revamped Apple Maps app, a Smart Home app for managing Internet of Things (IoT) devices, a split-screen multitasking mode for the iPad, and Apple's long-rumoured Beats Music streaming app.
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