One in four handsets will feature “Force Touch” technology in 2016


Analysts IHS predict headline feature of iPhone 6s will be included on 24 per cent of new smartphones this year

Almost a quarter of new devices to be released this year will include Force Touch technology, according to research from analysts IHS Technology.

Force Touch, which increases the pressure sensitivity on a smartphone screen to allow more interaction, has already appeared on the iPhone 6s (as 3D Touch) and the Huawei Mate S, but IHS claims the technology is set for major growth in 2016.

The analyst firm claims integrated circuit makers are responding to demand for the new technology by developing more solutions. IHS predicts shipments of devices including Force Touch will grow 347 per cent to 461 million units globally in 2016, making up one in four of every new device shipped.

“Aside from force sensing solutions, touch controller IC makers are aggressively expanding production of in-cell and on-cell touch displays to further improve touch interfaces for smartphone users,” said IHS Technology director of touch and user interface Calvin Hsieh.

“Smartphone touch controller IC makers are focused on developing new features to spur growth in the maturing touch panel market.”