Apple’s new generation of iPhones likely won’t launch until September, but production may already be kicking off. A new report claims the company is ramping up assembly lines for new Force Touch modules to be included in the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.
According to DigiTimes, which has a somewhat spotty track record with Apple news, the company is expected to produce between 36 and 40 million iPhones this quarter and another 50 million in Q4 2015. Force Touch module production apparently started slowly last month, but really picked up in July.
Rumor has it the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will feature Force Touch displays, similar to the Apple Watch. That could open up a ton of new possibilities for how iOS works moving forward. On the most basic level, you’ll be able to access extra menus by holding down on the screen, but we have a feeling that’s just the beginning once developers gain access to the new feature.
Apple’s also expected to introduce a tougher metal frame to avoid another potential BendGate, along with a new A9 processor and an upgraded 12-megapixel camera. One recent leak also showed new internal connector cables for the device that could allow for a more compact design, though the exterior design is still unlikely to change very much this year.