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Future Development of Apple Force Touch—From the Perspective of HMI Evolution

Future Development of Apple Force Touch—From the Perspective of HMI Evolution

Initially unveiled on Apple Watch, Force Touch has been applied to Apple's latest iPhone 6S/6S Plus (dubbed 3D Touch), and is expected to have a substantial impact on HMI development. While not a new technology, Force Touch has the potential to simplify wearable device UI and creates new user experience. This report provides an overview of touch control technologies and the future development of Force Touch, from the perspective of HMI evolution.


  • Development HMI Technologies
    • Development of HMI Technologies
    • Apple's Deployment in HMI for Multiple Devices
    • Google's Deployment in HMI for Multiple Devices
    • Usage Scenario & Display Interface Determine the Way to Control a Device
    • Touch Control, Haptic Feedback Mainly Applied on Smartphones & Wearables
  • Evolution of Touch Control Technologies
    • Apple: Trailblazer in Multi-Touch Technology
    • Worldwide Touch Panel Application Product Market Slows Down
    • Touch Control Technologies Widely Adopted by Smart Devices
    • Haptic Feedback Has Great Potential in End-User Applications
  • Future Development of Force Touch
    • Force Touch Has Various Applications
    • Apple Pioneering in New Touch Control, Haptic Feedback Applications
    • FPC Critical to Apple Force Touch Supply Chain
    • Force Touch Has Little Impact on Improving Notebook PC User Experience for Now
    • Force Touch Simplifies Wearable Device UI
    • Apple Watch Relies on Innovative UI Designs to Create Differentiation
    • Apple Watch Disrupts Wearable Ecosystem
    • Apps Supporting Force Touch Remain Few
    • Suppliers of iPhone 6S/6S Plus LCM
    • Other Vendors Eager to Adopt Force Sensing
    • FPC Patents & Software Essential to Non-Apple Group's Force Sensing Development
    • Conclusion

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