Apple didn’t earn its reputation as a groundbreaking tech company by churning out the same garbage every time it announced a new product. Keeping in line with its tradition of constant modifications, the iPhone 6s is rumored to have a new screen unlike any used on any other smartphone.
As first reported on 9to5Mac, the upcoming iPhone 6s will come with a new Force Touch screen, the same technology used in the Apple Watch and the new versions of the Macbook and Macbook Pro. According to Business Insider, the Force Touch “is a new type of pressure-sensitive technology that can detect how hard you’re pressing in addition to how long you’re pressing and where you’re tapping the screen,” which would make the iPhone 6s the first smartphone to use such technology.
The Force Touch screen will also be compatible with the new iOS 9, which will give the iPhone 6s some pretty cool new features. These include the dropping pins onto Apple maps, control scrolling within media players and the ability to add calendar events using the screen. The new iOS will also include a revamped keyboard, as shown by Mark Gurman on 9to5Mac.
Gurman also says the new Force Touch abilities will be mostly for “power users” only, meaning they won’t be essential for most of the iPhone 6s’s tasks and can be completely ignored.
Let’s hope that means your mom won’t call you to figure out how to insert an emoji in an iMessage.
Joseph Misulonas is an editorial assistant for Playboy.com. He once dropped his iPhone in a pool. He can be found on Twitter at @jmisulonas.