Apple’s iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus could boast Force Touch, pink avatar

By April Taylor , Mar 11, 2015 10:17 AM EDT

Apple's next-generation iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus smartphones may get a new color option and the latest Force Touch tech, according to a new report.

The current iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus (pictured above), unveiled back in the fall of 2014, come in three color options: silver, gold, and gray. If a new report turns out to be accurate, however, the new iPhones expected to debut this fall may get a new color option, adding a pink paint job.

The news comes from the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), which further reports that Apple's new Force Touch technology may also grace the next-generation iPhones. For those unfamiliar with the concept, Apple just introduced its new MacBook on Monday, March 9, and the laptop has a neat Force Touch feature that adds various functionality.

More specifically, the pressure-sensitive trackpad can tell the difference between a short tap and a deeper press, and act accordingly. Pressing more deeply will trigger this Force Touch functionality, allowing users to open an address on a map, for instance, or select a word to look it up on Wikipedia. It's significantly more convenient than right-clicking and handling contextual menus, as it's faster and easier to use.

According to the Wall Street Journal, Apple will extend the same Force Touch technology and functionality to the upcoming iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, or whatever they may be called.

The next-generation iPhones are expected to remain mainly unchanged in terms of design, but sport some improvements in terms of hardware specifications compared to the current models. A more powerful processor and upgraded cameras should be on board, as well as a new version of the company's iOS mobile operating system.

Considering Apple's typical launch schedule, the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are not expected to debut until September of this year, which means that it's still quite early on to know anything for sure at this point.

Nevertheless, if this WSJ report turns out to be accurate, the 2015 iPhones may come in a pink avatar in addition to the existing silver, gray, and gold color options, and borrow the neat Force Touch tech from the new MacBook. As always with rumors, leaks and reports, however, take everything with a grain of salt.

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