A new report claims to have more information on 3D Touch, the user interface that Microsoft has been developing behind-the-scenes for use in the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 device that has the code name McLaren.

WPCentral reported on some of those 3D Touch features last week, such as Mix View which will allow a finger to interact with a Live Tile just by hovering over it. The Verge is now reporting, citing unnamed sources, that 3D Touch will also allow a Windows Phone to answer a call by the user just moving the smartphone up to their ear, or hanging up by placing the phone in a pocket.

The report claims that 3D Touch could enable smartphones to be muted when covered by a hand. Even the sides of the phone could be used by this new UI, including gripping the device to power it up, eliminating the power button completely.

None of these features have been confirmed; indeed, Microsoft has not officially announced the existence of 3D Touch or McLaren. However, Our sources claim that the company will launch the phone with 3D Touch sometime this November as the new hero device for Windows Phone 8.1, with three carriers (AT&T, Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile) all reportedly planning to sell the phone. It will be interesting to see if the new UI interactions will be the next big thing in smartphones, or just a gimmick that ends up not being used by the public.

Source: The Verge