New opportunities and avenues
Great article Eric,
"These small tools may seem insignificant at first, but their usefulness will grow over time as more third-party apps take advantage of the functionality."
Spot on! Apple is always at the front end when it comes to innovation (even thought sometimes it takes a cycle or two from them to truly output something new and different). The 64 bit processor was a major milestone, and know with the force touch it's oppening the doors to a new experience, and something as you pointed that developers will seek ways to take advantage of it.
It would be interesting to see if further down the road smartphones will be able to provide a certain type of functionality just by the way we grip the phone. Imagine being able to define ways to launch certain applications just by the way we hold our phones...would be cool and a real time saver.