Poll results: How often do you use 3D Touch on your iPhone 6s or 6s Plus?

Poll results: How often do you use 3D Touch on your iPhone 6s or 6s Plus?
An added feature can quickly turn into a gimmick that is there for the feature's sake, that is why last week we wanted to ask you how often do you use 3D Touch on your new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. Well, it turns out that more than half of our respondents have just fired it up to show to friends and family, or, after the novelty has worn off, are using it every now and then, and that's that. About 13% say they are using it all the time, while 32% can't be bothered with any pressure-sensitive shenanigans. 

The frequent users percentage will likely increase with future iterations and usage scenarios of the technology, as often happens when something gets introduced for the first time, but for now our respondents are seemingly taking a moderate approach to the 3D Touch tech on the new iPhones.

Huawei might have been first to announce a phone with Force Touch screen tech, but the Mate S version in question is yet to hit shelves, while Apple opened the pressure-sensitive floodgates with the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, equipping them with its own take, aptly named 3D Touch. Unlike theForce Touch tech on the Apple Watch, the 3D Touch screen functionality of the new iPhones can distinguish between light tap, and a medium or harder press, allowing for inventive new ways to interact with your apps and games. 

The "Peek" option can preview pictures in the gallery with a medium touch, for example, while pressing harder will give you the "Pop" options, entering the picture itself in full screen mode. We already previewed a set of popular apps that have been updated with 3D Touch support, as well assome unique ways that the pressure-sensitive display of the new iPhones let you interact with them.

How often do you use 3D Touch on your iPhone 6s or 6s Plus?

Just to show it off to friends and family
33.98%
I use it every now and then
21.74%
I use it all the time
12.51%
What's 3D Touch?
31.77%

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34 Comments

1. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Pretty irrelevant poll really, for one it doesn't really matter - especially until it's matured and more software makes use of it. Secondly I'd expect at least half the results come from Android users who don't even own the phone.

14. Finalflash

Posts: 4062; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

That may be so but it is a fairly complicated control scheme to implement. If left at the current peek and pop paradigm it will be just a glorified back/recent apps button. If developers change its behaviour per application it will likely become a hindrance to iPhone use and adoption. It has no intuitive indication of its action or even presence. Games are the main beneficiaries but even there it's pretty much an extra button or two. The importance of this tech has been blown out of proportion. Every fanboy calling this a revolution is laughable. It will become as fingerprint scanners are, nice to have but not essential. So to assume everyone is using it is ridiculous. Most won't even know it is there until explicitly told and even then they'll have to learn its application by application.

16. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

I agree, it's basically an extra control option, like another button really. I'm sure there will be some more useful applications for it as it matures but it's no game changer. That said, I've haven't heard anyone call it a "revolution", most of the time when people say Fanboys are saying something extreme it's made up, I never see any direct quotes.

32. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I somewhat agree with both of you, it is an evolution rather than a revolution, but I'd make a slightly bigger deal about it. So I'm a UX guy. For me, the real importance of this feature is that if it proves to be convenient, it adds another mode of interaction with your device. An additional mode of interaction doesn't simply take the role of a button, but rather can add a full layer of functionality that can be realized with proper advancement. I'm not saying it's a revolution, or that it is even the ultimate solution as technology enables even more modes of interaction over time, but it is certainly the most important type of feature that these companies can work on. It has the potential to at least somewhat change the way you use your device. The fingerprint scanner, as you guys rightly point out, does have a similar effect. Not necessarily a revolution, but it does definitely change the way you use your device. After experiencing the convenience that it offers, would you really want to go back to a PIN login?

2. mynameisPZee

Posts: 28; Member since: Jan 05, 2015

No disrespect to a very few unbiased commenters, whether Android/iOS users, But why bother posting a poll when we all know that this site is overrun with crazy teenage android fanboys who will rain on anything remotely related to Apple. Be sure to get a very biased set of results. Until this site takes moderation over clicks and page hits very seriously, don't expect anything useful out of these "polls and tests".

11. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Do you really think that PA care about poll results? Those just generate traffic on site and that's the only thing that matters here. We all know Apple related news get most attention from teenage fandroids

13. phonearenarocks

Posts: 606; Member since: Mar 26, 2015

Apple Fans are like this - you can abuse how much ever you want, but dont abuse iPhone. Android Fans are like this - Appreciate the only best technology.

18. iushnt

Posts: 3052; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

agreed

31. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I vehemently disagree with this statement. Apple fans mostly take criticism pretty well. They often just ignore it, but they don't usually get too defensive. At least in my experience. Android fans, at least those that are on the internet talking about it, tend to be pretty vocal about the pitfalls of other platforms. They also tend to be very defensive against criticism of Android. They are very receptive to new hardware features however, even from other platforms, but they tend to be homers when it comes to software features. WP fans are a very staunch group as well. They tend toward the extremes of hopelessly optimistic or tirelessly cynical, and often both at the same time. But they do tend to be pretty objective about the merits of the other platforms. These are generalizations of course, but I think it's fairly representative of what I see and read online from several different sites. Apple fans aren't that defensive, and Android fans certainly aren't unequivocally objective about technological advancements.

28. NoToFanboys

Posts: 3231; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

You are looking at it wrong. Seriously this site is filled with fanboys from BOTH sides, not just android, try to check android posts and you'll see it lettered with iSheeps, and vice versa.

3. Wulfgardr

Posts: 73; Member since: Oct 29, 2014

what did you expect, one star reviewers share the same evaluation for their minds too :)

4. runzlord

Posts: 245; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

I think its just the starting.... As time moves on. More use would come up for 3D touch then it would become very useful..

5. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Apple fans are so offended by some of the options here.

7. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Not really, and few people I know are "fans", just users - if you're a fan of an electronic device I'd suggest getting out more.

10. AlikMalix unregistered

Not offended, just annoyed, extremely annoyed...

20. Piyath_ale

Posts: 79; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

Hih.. Android is crap compared to iOS. I'm using both. Sorry

24. tedkord

Posts: 17090; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Sure.

6. Mitsjke

Posts: 29; Member since: Mar 28, 2015

Actually I don't use it. Only peek n pop in the photo's app is usefull. But I often try 3D touch on non-3D touch apps, just because the haptic feedback feels damn good.

8. whatev

Posts: 2112; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

I don't get why the majority of android users (most of them frustrated people) have to come to apple related news and troll, like why don't you use your brains and time in more productive ways?

19. iushnt

Posts: 3052; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

same can be said to u

26. tedkord

Posts: 17090; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

For the same reason that so many Apple fans (most of them jealous people) come to Android related news and troll.

9. AlikMalix unregistered

My favorite is the text selection (force touch on keyboard and control your cursor like a mouse, then press hard again to start selecting text). That for me is by far the best use, I know BB had this but you have to grab the phone with one hand and use two fingers with the other hand to to the same - with force touch all with one finger with the same hand that you're holding the phone. My second best is the games that already using it inside the game like walk/run and que/unleash more than one troops in strategy games like jungle heat. I find texts with it and shortcut to any communication method when pressed on a contact anywhere on the phone And email - that has been designed perfectly with force touch.

22. aba71983

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 24, 2014

Even you explain in easy way, android fans don't understand because they don't have this features. But they will realize soon when the new android phones adopt this features. I love the Force Touch on my iPhone 6S and I used everyday.

27. tedkord

Posts: 17090; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Exactly in the way that Androids fans explained the benefits of things like tap to pay, notification shades, quick settings...Heck, they even thought the whole "peek and pop" functionality pretty nifty two years ago when Samsung had it on the S4. But all of these were dismissed as useless and gimmicks by Apple fans. But they get the usefulness now.

29. tedkord

Posts: 17090; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

As an addition, remember when big phones were stupid, and people looked ridiculous with those giant slabs against their heads? Suddenly, almost overnight, those comments disappeared.

33. AlikMalix unregistered

Ted, what do you think peek and pop is on iOS? Because I have an s5 to look at and it doesn't have that at all. It only has context menu with hover over - but the role problem with airview is it erroneous more than it's useful. Force touch with haptic feedback is perfect. Tap to pay was cumbersome because it require the input of a password - Apple Pay does not. I'll give it up for quick settings - I like that one in iOS.

12. Arthurhkt

Posts: 716; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

The idea of 3D-Touch is sound good to me, but I doesn't like the way how Apple implement it, maybe is still haven't reach their mature state yet, oh well, let see how it's go then.

15. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 577; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Ehh the feature is garbage and that's coming from a Galaxy user.

17. Jimrod

Posts: 1605; Member since: Sep 22, 2014

Will your view on it change when the S7 has it? It's not garbage and it's not amazing, it's just another evolutionary feature that's "ok", another extra "button" really.

25. TSMan2

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 20, 2015

Apple clearly stole the idea from Note's S Pen submenu function, and input, and made it as a lame joke , but no media mentioned it. With S Pen it works everywhere natively , though, and no need of special developer's support.

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