The new iPhones' 3D Touch could change the way we interact with our phones forever, do you agree?

While the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, announced yesterday, introduce a number of evolutionary improvements, there's one feature that qualifies as the undeniable highlight of the new lineup: 3D Touch...
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83 Comments

1. yann

Posts: 612; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

Long pressed touch. Must called WaiTouch or LooongTouch. Useless, "invention". Again.

8. illusionmist

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 29, 2013

Pffft. Another clueless “it’s just long press” comment. Please enlighten me on how you can do the following with your beloved long press: * Simplest one, complete the action instantly (directly press down vs wait for a second for everything you want to do, times a million times) * Light press to preview, deep press to open * Light swipe to go back in app, deep swipe to switch between apps * Let’s talk about gaming shall we? Light press to shoot, deep press to throw grenade * How about deep press to shoot while your thumb never leaves the virtual joystick moving your character around at the same time? Anyway, you can go on and deny it all. iPhone users will be the one enjoying this tech anyway. You can have your long press, thanks.

9. gehrig

Posts: 423; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Gosh, don't you just hate it when people like "yann" make stupid uninformed comments? They should at least know what they're talking about before they make comments like that.

24. TSMan2

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 20, 2015

Except of the gaming(may be), everything else is useless. When you force press, you also hold it a bit longer. No time saver. How the average iJoe will know and REMEMBER where and how this function is implemented by the developers??? It will confuse him.

28. maherk

Posts: 6750; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

There is an app on the playstore that shows that the majority of android phones and tablets already have this innovative "force touch" for years. Tested it on my S6 Edge it didn't work, but it did work on my 2013 Nexus 7 It isn't as groundbreaking as Apple made you believe, it is useless when you can simply long press. The app is called Force Touch Demo for those who want to try it out. They didn't just "copy" that, they copied what Surface and Note series have been offering for years. They also went with a bigger tablet just like they went smaller when Samsung did. And my best part, is that Samsung did call their bigger version of the Note tablet, Note Pro lol Can't believe how Apple is still able to fool you guys into such marketing scams.

32. TNBorg

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 08, 2015

"Tested it on my S6 Edge it didn't work, but it did work on my 2013 Nexus 7" - and that's why it sucked. This will work on the new iPhone models perfectly and consistently and will on every model after that. This from a happy Note 5 user.

37. maherk

Posts: 6750; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Why would I need it if Google themselves didn't believe in such a technology. And how would it suck if it was never put to use? Lol It is pointless when compared to long pressing. Go to Apple forums, even their customers aren't sure about this new "groundbreaking" technology.

47. Cicero

Posts: 1108; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

You day it: will work on the new iphones only.

65. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

First off, many Android apps are model specific. Liek Samsung has Android apps that support specific features in their own devices that others dont have. But at least I dont have to buy a new phone to use FT. My laptop has had it for 2 years already. In fact ALL WINDOWS COMPUTERS RUNNING WINDOWS 8 or ABOVE AND HAVE A TOUCH DISPLAY CAN DO THIS. WHAT ARE YOU BRAGGING ABOUT!!!!!!!!!

66. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Techie has a bad case of bu**hurt! Somebody call an ambulance for this guy!

45. yann

Posts: 612; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

You sounds like Apple marketing guy. Your statement is copy - paste words from the advertisements above. Are you blind or you can't see long pressing? Ohhh... Sorry. You just repeat the words from the clips. Pitty...for you.

83. illusionmist

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 29, 2013

This site really does have one of the most s**ttest group of readers/haters...

57. StuiWooi

Posts: 91; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

The problem here is that it will be too hard to distinguish between 2 kinds of touch, nevermind the 3 apple is gunning for. The proof is in laptop touchpads, even apple's. Most of the time they work but even those few times they don't, where you reach out to touch it to move the cursor and it thinks you've tapped instead so clicks the mouse are infuriating. Holding the touchpad in whilst moving to select things is always a nightmare, try regulating the pressure you're exerting whilst trying to do a swipe. Moreover the faster you do something the more pressure will be exerted on the screen so you're bound to get the wrong degree of 3D touching until you slow down. Still perhaps it'll give rise to hilarious internet fails like when autocorrect messes up!

61. Shocky unregistered

Why would you deep press to open? surely you tap to open and long press to preview? wouldn't that make more sense? Android has a back button, just use that, I don't want this in gaming, we have on screen buttons for that, makes more sense and it's less clumsy. It's not natural to be pressing against the screen. Don't really understand the last one, why would you want to move and shoot at the same time ? or do you mean aim and shoot? generally it's aim and shoot with one finger and move with another so I don't understand why you would want to do everything with one press. That would be too difficult. I'm confused.

79. Jango

Posts: 372; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

I know right, supposed to be 'user friendly'... sure

64. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Am curious, how many iPhone users you think will use it? First, in order to use it, you actually have to buy this phone. Many won't. Again we've already had this tech, it is nothing more than a newer version of long press and sort press even if you don't see it that way. He isnt denying anything. What he is telling you is quite factual. Its a lame boring capability that has already been done but wasnt pursued because it is utterly useless. I would NEVER buy a phone with this feature no matter the brand. If Samsung does this, I wont be buying that Galaxy no matter how nice the phone may be in protest. Just because you think its an awesome feature, simply doesn't make it that. We had AirView years ago on Samsung device. Hover a finger and you could read and email or see a photo larger. Yes it was a Samsung specific feature, just like the above is an Apple only feature. As far as usage in games? Unless you playign some very slow single player game, if it was multiplayer, while you are waiting for the long press to actually register to throw a grenade, you will already be dead because I woudl shot you in the time it takes that to happen. LOOK AT THE APPLE VIDEO, It took a full sec of time for the long press to register after the short one. In real time in most games, you can be killed in less than a second.

78. Jango

Posts: 372; Member since: Oct 24, 2014

Damn that list is so convoluted and unintuitive. Not user friendly at all. Sounds like Apple tried too hard and made something simple very complicated. Terrible gimmick.

15. SnakeBoyVincentLiu

Posts: 59; Member since: Aug 17, 2015

Without Siri, Android voice assistant remains sucks Without touch id, Android fingerprint scanner remains sucks Without apple pay, Google wallets remains sucks Without pencils, Android stylus (non-Google) remains sucks Same goes to this features, your so called long press will once again sucks and easy forgotten without Apple fixing it. You should glad there is a competition between two, and force your precious Google advancing the so called long press features rather than leave it. And that's the reasons why no one know this Android features UNDERSTAND? :)

19. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

1st time see iSnake make a sensible comment, it's true and I can't imagine how my oneplus 2 fingerprint look like without the competition from Apple touch id. Currently love how the way the oneplus fingerprint perform, gonna kudos to Apple this time

33. maherk

Posts: 6750; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Touch id? Just because Apple managed to beat Google and Samsung into buying the only company that had the technology at that time, doesn't mean Apple came up with it. It was already talked about how fingerprint scanners are coming back to smartphones....BACK ;) With Samsung pay, Apple pay does such And what does the Pencil do anything groundbreaking? My Note 1, in 2011, did better and more stuff than what this $100 piece of junk do. And how did you imply that it had an effect on how styluses work on Android, when it hasn't been 24hrs since they unveiled it? You're some kinda special iSheep, aren't you?

39. HugoBarraCyanogenmod

Posts: 1412; Member since: Jul 06, 2014

You haven't see some features of pencils, it can change boldness of a pen from different pressure you write on the screen. Not to mention it can change any color directly. I never see this features on any Android stylus except for signatory. But I think Google will think of the way

42. maherk

Posts: 6750; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I bet you never tried the S-Pen ever before, because, and again, even the 2011 Note had 128 pressure sensitivity, and the Note 5 has 2048!! It means, the hard you press, the bolder it gets.

49. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

They have no idea about anything to Apple adds the crap

52. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

Note stylus is nothing close to the ipad pencil. Ipad pencil is a copy of the surface pen. Which is waaay better than the ipencil

68. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

The pen that the Microosft Surface Pro uses is made by WACOM. SAMSUNG owns a 5% stake in WACOM and licensed their technology to use in the Note which predates the Surface by several years. WACOM had been making a drawing surface to use with Windows and Macs for years, but perfected it for mobile device and its patented which means to have the same requires licensing. I woudlnt be surprised if Apple licensed WACOM for the Stylus they have. Even if they didnt, I didnt see anything I have done with a SPEN. Again you speak of what you dont even know. You simply said Apple's was better, having only seen lame demos in a movie and having never used an SPEN. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHrU8uLQHfU This video shows things you CAN do with the S-Pen that you cant do with Apple Pencil.

81. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

dude, he's Chinese and they love American brand made in China iphones.lol

48. Cicero

Posts: 1108; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

1. Without Samsung split screen Apple sucks; 2. Without Android notifications bar Apple sucks; 3. Without Android widgets Apple sucks; 4. Without Android way of sharing Apple sucks. Want more? That's why I forgot ios and Apple 3 yrs. ago.

67. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Stupid. All voice assistants are suck no matter who has it. Siri didnt make it better. I dont use voice assistants because my own hands are faster. So thus they all suck. Touch ID? Touch ID for Apple worked better simply because the button was larger and was able ot get a full print without a swipe. Samsung is better because its a slimmer button and works identical. Such capability already existed in laptops and other devices. Most laptops used swiping because its a smaller cutout, its cheaper and the technology with both is the same. Swiping is better because when I set up the reader, it requires only 2 swipes while the Galaxy and iOS devices require me to press several times to set it up. So all smartphone fingerprint readers suck. Which is why I refuse to use them. Stylus? WACOM made the first best stylus. Apple copied. The digitzed stylus requires a special layer that tracks the pen. Samsung didnt copy WACOM, they invest 5% of their own money into WACOM and is a partner and they license the technology to use in galaxy device. Apple didnt make their alternative, they bought it from another company who made it. In fact, every feature capability and component in the iPhone, they bought, copied or stole. Unlike Samsung who makes most of their own stuff. Fact is, if it wasnt for WACOM, the Apple stylus would suck because it uses the same concept/technology.

2. maherk

Posts: 6750; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Nope. I saw it getting demonstrated on the Mate S a week ago, then on the new IPhone 6s last night, and I had the same reaction both times, how is this any different than long pressing? Wouldn't have Apple fans opted for a bigger battery instead of this? Wouldn't the older iPhones users have benefited from such an implementation if it was based on long pressing? And how much would it now cost to fix a broken iPhone's screen? I like the implementation within the UI, but I think it would ve been a better option to opt for the old long pressing mechanism.

5. Android_Lollipop

Posts: 155; Member since: May 05, 2015

If the older iPhone users benefit from such an implementation, then they wouldn't upgrade for the newer iPhone :P Planned obsolescence
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