Apple is on the verge of starting production of its next iPhone models, which will feature the Force Touch technology found in the MacBook range of laptops and the Apple Watch.
Bloomberg reported people familiar with the matter as confirming that Apple has been working with suppliers to create the new Force Touch iPhones. Production is expected to begin in volume from next month.
Force Touch works by gauging the amount of pressure being exerted on a control button and responding accordingly. For example, tapping lightly on the Watch will open the calendar app.
The tool is more refined on the Mac, and even touch-sensitive drawing is a possibility.
Apple is expected to unveil the next iPhone in the autumn. The new models are set to be called the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus or iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus.
The biggest challenge for Apple will be ensuring that the development of a new component for the iPhones does not hamper production or shipments, as adding new processes to the supply chain will carry risks.
However, after the runaway success of its current large-screen iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus devices, Apple will clearly be keen to maintain this growth.
Apple in particular will be hoping that people on two-year contracts with the iPhone 5S and 5C, who will now be due an upgrade, will stick with the iOS ecosystem, especially if the newest devices boast new features and functionality.
The new iPhones will also come with iOS 9, set for release to all current iPhones from the iPhone 5 and above, which will include several notable new features and improvements to the platform.
The iOS 8.4 release that contains Apple Music is due this week, which will give millions of people the chance to try a three-month free trial of the service on their iPhone or iPad as Apple moves into the music streaming market.
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