Has Apple found a great new use for 3D Touch with iOS 10?

Has Apple found a great new use for 3D Touch with iOS 10?
When Apple announced its elaborate 3D Touch system on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, it didn't demo much of the possibilities that opens up, apart from the Peek and Pop actions. While those two might sound like something straight out of Cartoon Network, the ability to preview email before you open it, or get quick shortcuts to the most used app functions before going in seems worth the investment.

Still, not many people have gotten accustomed to using the 3D Touch function on a daily basis, as our recent poll suggests, but are rather using it occasionally, or simply to demonstrate it for friends and family, then quickly forget it exists. With iOS 10, however, Apple nailed the use of 3D Touch, and it is thanks to the new elaborate widget system it introduced. 

When you hard-press an icon now, you not only see a small subset of the most used functions that the app offers to choose from, but whole widgets that preview the most pertinent information that the app is supposed to carry, so a lot of the times you won't even have to go in. What do we mean? Well, do the deep press thingy on the Calendar app icon, and it will show you the upcoming meets, do it for the weather app, and the widget with today's forecast will pop up, while the Music icon will show you the album art of the currently played tracks, and so on. 

You can even add said widgets to the new dedicated homescreen on the left directly after deep-pressing an icon. This is a fine solution to the constant going in and out of apps that could make 3D Touch a lot more indispensable for your daily operations with the iPhone, what do you think?

Has Apple found a great new use for 3D Touch with iOS 10?

Yes, the new widget system adds much richer functionality to 3D Touch
54.84%
It's alright, still not something I'd use on a daily basis
45.16%

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41 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

I don't use widgets on my iPhone, so no.

32. Unordinary unregistered

It's not just the widget system. The PA authors are ignorant and didn't do their research into the 70+ other added functions made for 3D Touch. Sorry for hijacking, but this article is a sham lol. Widgets are nice, but just like Android, less than 5% will use widgets actively probably..

33. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

70+ mostly useless features for a control mechanism that still has no indication it exists for any one element on the screen is still useless. Even the useful ones are pointless because the vast majority of screen elements don't have a 3d touch element and people just won't find them without being prompted. Combine that with the fact that anyone can implement it in any way without uniformity and it is literally still dead in the water. Widgets are a nice addition after a decade but what the hell is with the ugly implementation of the card UI? It has no reason to exist as a card in their design language from iOS 7 and they just pushed it in there trying to make it look like there is a method to the madness...but it looks like there is only madness. If they were going to copy the competition, they could have at least made it look good and fit their theme instead of whatever this is. Also, you can reply and use things from the lockscreen???? Then what is the point of touch ID? That is a security risk built into the platform and not to mention all the bypasses and bugs it will bring for hacking. Fun times these.

36. Unordinary unregistered

WatchOS style cards. Many many people find them attractive.

39. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Feature fragmentation. Some iDevice has it, most don't. Furthermore, its just a convenient feature, not ground breaking and for Apple to focus so much on it show they really are running out of good ideas.

35. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

There's no options on this poll, PA want you to answer only two : Yes it's useful It's alright for improvement

2. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

I think the swipe up on an icon available in Android is a better, more intuitive solution that works without requiring new expensive, heavy, thick 3D touch screens. I still see 3D touch as mostly gimmicky and convoluted.

5. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Some people find it's usefulness and a must hav for them. I think its a cool feature definitely not a must have feature. But yeah it'll be cool to hav such feature especially for mob games

7. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Of course you're going to say that! Lol! Dude 3D touch will have more use like replacing the home button, etc. The extra hardware is required. What you see now is minimal features like when touch ID was first launched.

10. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Of course you're going to say it, because you are an iFan Just like you call many features on other devices gimmicky and useless, people do still find uses for them. But just because someone can find a use for them, it doesn't make it any less gimmicky and useless for the vast majority Unless Apple takes it and creates features that the only way you can access them is via 3D Touch, the vast majority aren't going to use it. No different than any other useless gimmicky features on anyone else's phone. The irony here is so thick you can cut it with a knife. Amazing what you will say about Apple, but say the direct opposite of another OEM. The extra hardware is not require. The same thing can be accomplish through software. Its called long-press and short-press. many Android phones have such in some form. Apple pushing for the hardware size is bogus because it is a feature that every iOS device could have. Just say in short, you like it and you made use for it. You dont have to assume what anyone else may or may not be doing.

17. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

So, by your own rationale is it not possible to have long press, short press, normal press and hard press for even more functionality? You keep saying hard press is the same as long press, it's not.

21. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Unfortunately, it is confusingly similar to the average user.

27. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

"Dude 3D touch will have more use like replacing the home button, etc" What do you think onscreen buttons have been doing all this while on Android devices? 3D touch is merely a gimmick restricting ancient features to the latest hardware...there's a reason why everything it offers is easy to mimic with a simple jailbreak tweak on ancient iDevices; it brings NOTHING new that wasn't already doable via simple gestures: http://www.idownloadblog.com/2015/09/21/older-phone-mimic-3d-touch-force-touch-activator/

11. cherry.dev

Posts: 107; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

after i use it, i will never go back, never thought i would be this attached. peek and pop alone is so convenient, and now it has much richer use, will be using it on daily basis.

16. sgodsell

Posts: 7318; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Even Apple stated that all those new login screen 3D touch features will be coming to non 3D touch devices. So users will have to perform, maybe an extra touch or swipe to perform the same action with 3D touch. You Apple Zealot's make it sound like it's gods gift to humanity.

20. cherry.dev

Posts: 107; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

sure it could be implemented with long press, but it won't be as fast. just sharing my personal experience as it's the article is all about. it's rich notifications that will come older devices, not the 3D actions. i love 3D touch, you don't like it, i'm fine with that. every people has their own opinion about it, no need to be a jerk to others that don't share the same opinion as you.

25. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

I think the issue is that it just feels like a long press. I never really got into it. I think that there may be some neat gaming applications but haven't seen anything take advantage of it.

3. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

What people don't understand is that 3D touch main function will be replacing the home button. The stuff we're getting now is added bonuses.

12. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

In YOUR opinion. You assume people don't understand. How do you know they don't? Because you say so? The fact Apple is dumping the home button, means they have no choice but to replace it with something else. This means more screen touches, it means more gestures to remember to accomplish menial tasks. It's as dumb as removing the headphone jack without having a better replacement for it. I don't see any bonuses. People who are use to the home button, are now going to be force to do things in other ways. What gets ruined is, even though many will use the new way, many will scuff at it.For example, lets say a person using Siri would prefer double-tapping the home buttons vs screaming out "Hey Siri". Just becaue you are ok with the change, doesn't mean everyone will be. I understand what Apple is doing. I'm not for or against it. For a phone that has only one button, which peopel have gotten use too for nearly 10 years, forcing every gesture to be done via voice or screen touches to me is dumb. If Samsung every drops buttons from their phones, I'm done with them. Unless it is replaced with a viable better option. Liek with the Note, I do most of my in-puts with the pen, so I don't really need a home button. But still want it for other things.

23. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

You don't need 3D touch to eliminate the home button. Android has a multitude of options out there that do this already. 3D touch just complicates the UI. It's not as intuitive as everything else out there.

4. Freeza

Posts: 95; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

I stopped using 3d touch. If they improve functionality with widgets, I'd give it a try. On the other hand gestures could also be used to improve functionality.

6. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

i remember nokia N9. no buttons fully controlled by gesture. i wonder why no one has adopted such method

13. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Because no one is going to remember so many gestures. I think that is also why Blackberry 10 fail. Those phones required so many stupid on-screen gestures that it made using the phone a chore vs a joy. if you are going to have only on-screen gestures, they need to be something that is easy to remember, and you have to make sure there is an alternative way to do the task in case you don't remember. I think we would always remember how to do things we use daily. But for things we only use once in a while, we sometimes wont remember a way to execute them, especially if it requires to many steps.

22. LetsBeHonest

Posts: 1548; Member since: Jun 04, 2013

Good point!

8. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

No its not something i like in iphone!! But hoping iphone 8 will have full use of this!!

9. jove39

Posts: 2146; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Unless these widgets/3d touch action allow me (user) to customize then there is little use. For example - on phone app I want my top 3-5 favorite (not most used) contacts available on 3d touch. Same for whatsapp.

14. Freeza

Posts: 95; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

3d touch is like the edge screen. Both has untapped potential.

24. NexusPhan

Posts: 632; Member since: Jul 11, 2013

Edge screen is just as useless as 3D touch. The edge screen at least looks friggin sweet.

15. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

For me 3D Touch could replace things like the volume buttons. if you gesture an icon that is for the speaker, you can increase/lower the volume or mute the speaker with a need for a button. How about using it to be able ot change the resolution of a photo or video. How about adding it to the music player for times you want to skip or scrub a song? How about using 3D Touch for the web browser where you can have a short list if maybe 5 sites you visit often. These are examples of things you don't need a button for, that wouldn't require any stupid gestures to remember and would actually be useful. Here is a simple demo of what this could be used for -http://video.golem.de/handy/16089/synaptics-clearforce-trailer.html - to me, Apple is just trying to through some poorly conceive ideas to it, to make a use for it. They aren't making the device easier to use. Its looks cluttered and rushed. So much for Apple takign thir time and making sure an idea is nearly perfect before releasing. This is the type of BS you get when an OEM knows other OEM's are bringing a certain tech to the field and they rush to beat everyone else. They all do it, but this is one of very few times Apple has and its tacky.

28. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

All of what you pointed out as uses is simply giving another way to do what's already possible via simple gestures. I think that instead of restricting such features to latest devices, 3D touch should simply be another option. It being faster in some cases is the only selling point it has IMO.

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