No, screen protectors won't break 3D Touch on iPhone 6s/6s Plus

Apple's 3D Touch tech in the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will make it possible for the phones to discern between a light, medium, and hard tap, allowing for some neat extra functionality. But while that sounds great and all, some insightful people on the web were concerned about the implications: does that mean that touch screen protectors would get in the way? Thankfully, the answer is no.

A guy from 3D Techtronics e-mailed Apple's senior VP of marketing, Phill Schiller, asking this very question. Surprisingly, the exec apparently returned a message, simply stating that as long as all the usual guidelines for screen protectors are observed, iPhone 6s and 6s Plus users will be fine:

After some digging, we got a hold of the lengthy manual referred to in Schiller's e-mail, and can confirm that even though it has been updated to include detailed schematics and instructions on creating for the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, the requirements for screen covers haven't changed. Indeed, so long as manufacturers check the following three boxes, their screen guards will not interfere with the workings of 3D Touch:

If a case design requires the Apple device's touchscreen to be covered with an overlay, the overlay must not:
● exceed 0.3 mm in thickness
● introduce air gaps between the touchscreen and overlay
● be electrically conductive

In other words, don't worry about ordering a protector in advance of your new iPhone. It will more than likely work fine with 3D Touch.


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