UPDATE 1-Force field: Apple's pressure-based screens promise a world beyond cold glass

Wed Sep 9, 2015 10:19pm EDT
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* New iPhone includes 3D Touch technology

* Not new technology, but Apple taking it forward

* Pressure-sensitive screens mimic feel of real buttons (Recasts with new iPhone details)

By Jeremy Wagstaff and Michael Gold

SINGAPORE/TAIPEI, Sept 10 (Reuters) - By adding a more realistic sense of touch to its iPhone, Apple Inc may have conquered a technology that has long promised to take us beyond merely feeling the cold glass of our mobile device screens.

In its latest iPhones, Apple included what it calls 3D Touch, allowing users to interact more intuitively with their devices via a pressure-sensitive screen which mimics the feel and response of real buttons.

In the long run, the force-sensitive technology also promises new or better applications, from more lifelike games and virtual reality to adding temperature, texture and sound to our screens.

"Force Touch is going to push the envelope of how we interact with our screens," says Joel Evans, vice president of mobile enablement at Mobiquity, a mobile consultancy.

The fresh iPhones, unveiled on Wednesday, incorporate a version of the Force Touch technology already in some Apple laptop touchpads and its watches. Apple also announced a stylus that includes pressure sensing technology.   Continued...