Bloomberg reports that Apple has kicked-off early production of the next-generation iPhone, featuring Force Touch technology.
Force Touch was first unveiled with Apple Watch and in Apple’s Retina MacBook Pros and 12-inch MacBooks. The feature allows users to press harder on a screen or trackpad to reveal more options. Force Touch is heavily integrated with Apple Watch and is important to the navigation process due to the device’s compact design.
Bloomberg claims Apple will ramp up production of the new handset as early as next month. The report notes that timing and production will be impacted by availability of the new displays, however Apple expects production to run smoothly, due to the design similarities between the new device and the current iPhone 6/6Plus handsets.
Reports earlier this month indicate the next-generation iPhone will be approximately 0.15mm longer and 0.2mm thicker to accommodate for Force Touch, and to allow for the removal of the current handset’s camera bump. It has also been reported that the new iPhone will offer a Rose Gold color option, as well as a 12MP rear-facing camera, improved front-facing camera, an A9 processor, and 2GB RAM.