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The iPhone 7 will feature similar technology to the Apple Watch and could come in a pinkCC

Apple's next smartphone - presumably called the iPhone 6s - will integrate Force Touch technology into its screen, according to reports. The technology already features on the forthcoming Apple Watch and the recently announced 12in MacBook.

Force Touch technology offers improved screen functionality by using pressure sensors to distinguish between a light tap and a deep press from a users' fingertips. Apple is also planning to release a pink version of the iPhone 6 to be included alongside the existing colour range of gold, silver and space grey.

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Force Touch technology on the iPhone 7 would use pressure sensors to offer improved functionalityCC

The latest rumours surrounding Apple's next iPhone come from the Wall Street Journal, who cite people familiar with the matter and Apple's suppliers. IBTimes UK contacted Apple with a request for comment but is yet to receive a response.

The current 4.7in and 5.5in size options of the iPhone 6 will reportedly be retained for the iPhone 6s in an attempt to capitalise on the success of of Apple's decision to opt for larger versions of its smartphones.

In its 27 December quarterly report following the release of the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus last September, Apple revealed that it had sold 74.5 million iPhones, helping to boost its smartphone market share.

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Apple's Force Touch technology could have a variety of applications on the iPhone 6sAppleInsider

Speculation surrounding what the Force Touch technology could be used for has included a piano-playing app that would enable users to utilise touch-sensitive keys.

It could also be used to offer improved functionality in existing apps and features, making it easier to control the larger-screened device.

Rumours for the iPhone 6s have included the inclusion of pop-out joystick home button, as well as the possibility of a flexible screen.