iPhone 7 Rumors: Sapphire Display, Pressure Sensitivity, Fluid Home Screen Navigation

November 3, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

The iPhone 7 rumors have already started and some of them stem from features introduced for the first time in the Apple Watch.

The iPhone 7 is expected to come out either in the spring or fall next year.

Stuff.TV notes that a number of technological aspects of the Apple Watch could benefit an iPhone.

One of them is pressure sensitivity.

“Apple Watch has a display that can detect the force of a touch and respond accordingly. A light touch is interpreted as a typical tap or swipe, but a more forceful one activates context-specific controls, akin to a right-click or two-finger tap,” it said.

“On a much larger display, this technology is more complex to implement, but it would have plenty of applications on iOS, from art apps through to digital instruments.”

Another aspect is fluid home-screen navigation.

“Apple Watch’s screen is small, and so apps are navigable by swiping and zooming a potentially infinite field. It makes the concept of ‘pages’ on the iPhone (and, for that matter, most competing smartphones) seem comparatively quaint and old-fashioned,” it said.

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“Perhaps Apple’s thinking different for a smartwatch will lead to new thinking on its other touchscreen systems, although icons without names could make navigation tricky with large app collections, so we’re not sure we’d want to see that specific aspect of Apple Watch on an iPhone or iPad!”

The website also notes that the cost of putting in a sapphire glass display could come down in time to be put in the iPhone 7. The display was able to be put in Apple Watch because of the smaller screen.

And communication could also be improved by lessons learned from the Apple Watch, such as the way users are encouraged to send each other little doodles and even heartbeats, or get someone’s attention with a tap.

“With Apple Watch, Apple has been forced once again to reimagining interfaces and user interaction, and we can only hope the lessons learned soon positively impact on the company’s other devices,” the website concludes.

*Top photo: (Flickr/Jan-Willem Reusink)

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