Force Touch, also known as 3D Touch, was a technology employed by Apple for a long time until being replaced with Haptic Touch. iPhone users can access more menus with 3D Touch by simply applying varying pressures to their iPhone screen.
While a fresh and enhanced version of Apple’s prior 3D Touch technology is unlikely to be introduced, Several new Apple patents for future Apple devices have been released by the US Patent and Trademark Office, all of which are for the new pressure sensor.
Apple Watch can make use of a pressure sensor
Pressure sensors integrated into Apple Watch and compact form factor gadgets like AirPods are one of the patents. A micro-electromechanical liquid pressure sensor will be used in Apple’s new pressure-sensitive surface, according to the patent. Compared to traditional pressure sensors, these sensors will be smaller, have superior force sensitivity, and be more durable.
Apple has shown an illustration of an Apple Watch with a force-sensitive face instead of a physical button in its patent to better comprehend how the new pressure-sensing technology could be applied into the Apple Watch.
Apple Watch straps can have a pressure sensor
Another Apple patent demonstrates how the company’s new pressure-sensing technology may be utilized in Apple Watch bands to create “smart bands.” These smart bracelets can monitor blood pressure, heart rate, and pulse wave velocity thanks to innovative technologies.
The iPhone can be fitted with a pressure sensor
Apple’s new sensor technology might be utilized in iPhones, according to a patent. Apple, for example, was able to fit numerous small pressure sensor modules inside an iPhone instead of a single component, as shown in the image below.
Many corporations are given patents, yet these inventions rarely result in actual products. However, if Apple chooses to employ this new pressure-sensing technology, we can expect to see 3D Touch 2.0 technology in future iPhone models.