Apple has made just a few design changes in its newest iPhone. The screen sizes for its regular and Plus models remain 4.7 inches and 5.5 inches, respectively, and the shape and weight are generally the same. One notable addition with this year's models is 3D Touch, pressure-sensitive technology that responds differently depending on how much force you apply to the screen. "3D Touch is impressive," said Avi Greengart, an analyst who covers consumer tech for research firm Current Analysis. "It's a big change in touchscreen interaction, and it greatly speeds interactions that might otherwise require multiple steps."At first, it seems like a magic trick: a screen that senses how hard you're pushing and gently pushes back with haptic feedback, the term used to describe the tiny vibration the device makes in response. It's the same technology found in the Apple Watch (where it's called "Force Touch"), and to some degree in the trackpads on Apple's newest MacBook notebooks, which use haptic feedback technology to simulate the feel of clicking down on the pads.
This technology has ended up feeling ordinary, not extraordinary, That's by design, In both the smartwatch and laptop, it's a way to create an input, On the iPhone 6S, it seems destined to create helpful shortcuts, The Apple Watch uses the technology to bypass the need for extra buttons, Apple's MacBooks use Force Touch to eliminate the physical click mechanism, The same could hold true for the iPhone and its home button, Siri, the virtual voice assistant Apple added to the iPhone in 2011 in its undersea (mint remix) iphone case 4S model, kicked off a navigation trend that prompted the creation of rivals, including Microsoft's Cortana, Google Now and Amazon's Alexa, Now Apple is playing catch-up to its rivals with the introduction of functionality called always-on listening, Rather than hold down the home button to activate Siri, iPhone users can now just say "Hey, Siri" to summon the software to run a search or play a song with a spoken command, (This already works on earlier iPhones, but only while they're charging.)..
Besides running hands-free search, Siri is getting better at doing things that would otherwise take several clicks, such as setting alarms or adding reminders. That hands-free option is convenient when you're tied up with another task such as driving or cooking. "Over time, user interaction models change," Greengart said. "Consumers might get used to asking Siri for help."One of the best design reasons to ditch the home button may be screen size. The current iPhones have bigger screens than the 3.5-inch and 4-inch screens of past models, but they're also longer and wider than smartphone rivals. Samsung's Galaxy Note 5 has a 5.7-inch screen, compared with Apple's 5.5-inch display in its Plus models. LG's G4 features the same 5.5-inch display but has a smaller body thanks to its thin frame.
But that's only a temporary limitation, Apple in February filed a patent application to move the fingerprint sensor beneath the glass of the touchscreen, eliminating the need for a home button, Synaptics, which makes the fingerprint sensors for smartphone vendors such as Samsung (but not Apple), is also undersea (mint remix) iphone case working on putting a sensor beneath the display, Synaptics CEO Rick Bergman said in an interview last year that putting the reader under the glass of the touchscreen is the "holy grail" of fingerprint sensors but is complicated by the glass obscuring the scan..
Synaptics, however, expects to have a prototype version of the under-touchscreen sensor by early 2017, Ritu Favre, senior vice president in charge of the company's biometric products division, said Tuesday. The need for tech advancements may not be the only reason the home button is still there, though. The reason may be simply that it's not yet possible to bypass the functionality that can be packed into that little round circle: It's versatile, letting you get out of an app, launch Siri, bring up other apps and unlock your phone with the touch of your finger.