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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10. gehrig

Posts: 423; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Look at @illusionmists's comment to see why it's not long pressing and you're uninformed.

30. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

How is this any different than long pressing? The Stupidity is Amazing.. Take a look at the Apps, you can normal press the App to open it.. or you can long press it to either delete it, move it or rename the file... So long pressing is already in use.. Force Touch enables a 3rd input which will enable the user to force touch on an app opening up hidden short cuts. Not only that but how force touch works wouldnt work as a long press.. Long press relies on time, force touch relies on force, this means you can force touch to open the hidden short cuts and press even harder to choose an ooption. With long press already being used to delete it, move it or rename the file, it would just make thing way to cluttered, This isn’t possible with Long press as it only reads the time your holding onto a part of the screen, using long press, you would open up a window with options but have no way of selecting a options.

38. maherk

Posts: 6748; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Guess what, putting force on a screen takes more time than simple tab. Hope you get my point now :)

80. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Putting force on a screen takes more time than simple tab, but Putting force on a screen takes less time than a long press.

50. Cicero

Posts: 1108; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

See this: long press and sharing, emailing, printing, deleting, moving etc. You stated only moving and deleting from your icons screen only. I am enjoying widgets where I don't have to touch it. Google now will show me things, based on my onterest, without touching it. Ufff!

69. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

This is how stupid your retort is. On Windows with a PC with a touch display, if I quick touch an icon, he app launches, if I quick tab I can rename it, if I press longer I get a menu with other options. Isnt this basically what you said? This has been available in Windows since Windows XP Tablet Edition which was released in 2002. Right? Here we are 13 years later and Apple has a slightly updated one that doesn't do anything different.

84. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

WOW...your response is such shockley bad!!..... I mean you didn't even bother to do any research did you.... just...i cant understand how you could be so ignorant. I bet your looking for when android begins to roll out force touch next year (you know because its apple this will become a thing now xD)

3. TyrionLannister unregistered

I like it. The technology is pretty average, but the implementation is amazing. And that's what separates Apple from Huawei.

62. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I agree with this. This type of feature may very well fizzle out and be regarded as a gimmick in the way many companies might implement it, but Apple takes this type of concept and implements it thoroughly throughout the OS. The result is it becomes a standard form of interaction for the users, and soon enough they can't live without their Apple 3D Touch.

4. Feanor

Posts: 1341; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

It's something one has to try to understand it completely. For me that I haven't tried it yet. It does sound confusing. Ultimately one person's light tap might be another's hard tap. I think distinguishing between the more traditional short and long press is more intuitive. I don't know how intuitive this distinguishing between soft and hard tap can be.

6. shinywindow unregistered

The sheep will rejoice over the rehashed android longpress eh emm I mean krapple 3d touch!

11. gehrig

Posts: 423; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Well actually, it's NOT longpress, because it senses pressure, not time.

23. ph00ny

Posts: 2013; Member since: May 26, 2011

because in its place of longpress, 3d touch uses hard press Also the lack of on-screen/capacitive button on ios is being supplemented by 3d touch in some aspects

51. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

It's Samsung airview with touch

16. AlikMalix unregistered

Why is long-press "Android's"? I believe I've been long pressing before 2008... and multi-touch, and swipe. Anything before that was tap this and tap that, and if you want to insure you're tapping the correct square - you use a stylus - then came an iPhone... You seem to dont know this, but long press has been around on iOS just like it was on Android, but Force Touch (I hate the 3D Touch name, btw) is different and I bet everyone cant wait to try it whether you like Apple or not.

21. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

25. AlikMalix unregistered

So which phone had force touch again?

27. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

At that time none. My point was Android already had API for that. Btw Mate S already got it, its just to devs to implement into the apps.

40. AlikMalix unregistered

I believe android calculates the difference in surface covered by a finger which become an issue when you alternate thumb to an index or pinky... Mate S - I still haven't seen a good review about it. But I'll be fair, if calculating surface cover of a finger to differentiate soft or hard press worked as good as Apples 3D Touch (I really hate that name for it) then all-is-fair. But there's no phones to compare Android API to new Apple version. Then there's apps - I bet you'll see android apps now that they'll be built for apples version and app developers can port them to android later probably using the same Android API you linked to. Basically just like Google Wallet was basically a dud until Apple Pay success trickled down to Android's Payment system. NOTE to PA: Can we get a comparison to Hiway's version to Apple's version of ForceTouch, uses, support, and reliability, consistency or w/e. Also 3rd party app integration and support. That would be a better article than some of the kinda pointless ones about Apple's official colors. (sorry that was a bit pointless). Ordinary, I appreciate links, you know I do, but ForceTouch feels like the old Atrix FP vs iPhone Touch ID FP technology where one didnt work well, and the other worked so well - it set a standard that everyone followed. I would agree with some Apple Haters, that I'm hoping that 3D Touch (ugh) can be disabled if people find it difficult to get used to (i'm talking about older people and people with arthritis or something else).

46. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Not really: http://i.imgur.com/XKTGGSG.png Mind you that was on API 1 (Android 1.0), now its much more improved from API 1 to 12-22 software wise. Implementing it on an Android device is a piece of cake like Huawei did. Here is demo of Huawei Mate S Force Touch:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ta6beOvyhYE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=raKG5CdcY-8 Google Wallet failed due to other banks in terms of privacy and so on. In the end they are same. Also in 2011 people didnt knew so much about smartphone payment system so they didnt use it. Just like PayPal and Visa with their system. Well judging from videos they are both pretty much the same. Me personally didnt like this from either Huawei Mate S or iPhone 6s/6s Plus. I would rather want bigger battery/display/speakers etc. in replace of that and I think most people would agree with me.

82. ph00ny

Posts: 2013; Member since: May 26, 2011

Google wallet failed because three of the four major carriers went against it and formed isis payment (later renamed as softbank for the obvious reasons) and blocked the core functionality of google wallet

7. iusshpandeh

Posts: 250; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

No!!! Not at all!! I've been long pressing keys and touchscreen since ages! It's no different!! The difference is it provides haptic feedback!

12. gehrig

Posts: 423; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

Nope 3D touch senses pressure, not time.

13. iphonexus

Posts: 130; Member since: Jan 04, 2015

it great but i am not sold to this feature my money depend on how much ram did 6s plus has otherwise i'm going to buy note 5

14. billyblonco

Posts: 18; Member since: Mar 25, 2013

Why make an article about it when apple introduces it and not when huawei anounced it? It's the same technology.

26. AlikMalix unregistered

Because apple carried and improved this tech from the apple watch.. Hiway is using it as a miniature scale.. i think... Anyway, the difference is that apples version will be carried over throughout the ecosystem, yet hiway is stuck with it's own apps without Android support for it yet. I figure, android will start supporting it in 2 years like they did with fingerprint sensors...

71. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

There weer devices with fingerprint readers long before Apple had it. Dont you recall or are you playing dumb?

75. AlikMalix unregistered

Which one? The atrix? That didn't work like a fingerprint sensor should. Look at the reviews.

17. gaming64 unregistered

For a while yeah. I think it's gonna be something Apple hasn't done in a while. Touch ID was the last thing they innovated in the mobile business.

18. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

for me long press is the most practical way... because you can't mistakenly do sth on the phone or bring up a pop you dint want to ...it should just be implemented adversely in all phone apps...
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