Would you be disappointed if Apple really kills 3D Touch?

Would you be disappointed if Apple really kills 3D Touch?
Since last year, we've been hearing the troubling rumors that Apple is planning to phase 3D Touch out of the iPhone line in 2019. The reasoning behind this, according to the leaksters, is that according to Apple's analytics, a huge portion of the user base does not use or even understand 3D Touch. Therefore, the Cupertinians decided it's not worth to keep spending crazy money on those pressure-sensing display panels.

Now that iOS 13 beta is here, we definitely see evidence that 3D Touch might be going the way of the dodo. There are a ton more ways to interact with the text cursor and the long press gesture is being further refine to simulate the 3D Touch feeling. Apple calls it Haptic Touch, basically because the vibration motor gives you a haptic "click" when the long press is successful. But in honesty, it doesn't — and we are not sure if it can — feel as fancy as pressing in a 3D Touch icon.

So, yes, a ton of people don't use it but 3D Touch has its fair share of fans. Navigating through the user interface with it is a pleasure and it has proven to be useful in a few games out there. What do you think — would you miss 3D Touch if it's to be gone?

If Apple kills 3D Touch, would you miss it?

3D what?
15.85%
Nah, not really.
36.31%
Yes, I would! Please say it ain't so!
47.83%

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30 Comments

1. Vancetastic

Posts: 1291; Member since: May 17, 2017

I actually find it to be more annoying than useful, for me. I probably haven’t really explored its possibilities enough though.

12. sgodsell

Posts: 7360; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

That's really the problem. Exploring which apps support any real usage of 3D touch. Plus how did the app take advantage of it, and is it that useful. To this day it's more of a guessing game as to which apps have taken advantage of 3D touch. Developers still have to make sure their apps support non 3D touch iPhones. So it's a waste of effect for developers. Good riddance.

2. mackan84

Posts: 453; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

When released I thought this would make a difference in apps but I was very wrong. Developers won’t differentiate iOS from Android with implementing something the other OS can’t. Waste of time and money.

13. sgodsell

Posts: 7360; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Why add Android in there. It's developers, period. Besides iOS developers still have to make their apps support non 3D touch iPhones. So it's a waste, period.

33. mackan84

Posts: 453; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Wasn’t that what I said?

21. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1418; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

I think the reality is that 3D Touch never made much of an impact in the daily usage of iPhones for the majority of users. Now that the technology is set to become a hindrance for a screen embedded Touch ID solution next year, it just makes sense to be rid of it and simultaneously cut production costs and increasing profit margins with sales declining. For something that from the start could've been replaced with a software solution like on Android and most people aren't really aware exists on their phones anyway, why bother keeping it.

3. Demo-jay

Posts: 69; Member since: Feb 13, 2018

We’ll ofcoz I’d be disappointed!!!!!i mean...i could hold the app and perform actions simple as that...now imagine every iphone being capable of doing the same xit without 3D touch!!!bummer..why did i have to buy the plus version of the phone then??!or the 6s!!

4. Poptart2828

Posts: 393; Member since: Jan 23, 2018

Please apple don't kill the one the few things that make your phone unique

28. Mike88

Posts: 393; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

Yeah they shouldn't remove 3d touch, it let's me read texts from some messenger apps without actually opening the conversation so the other party never gets to know that I've read the texts already and they don't feel ignored

32. Vokilam

Posts: 1190; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

You can turn [show read] off permanently in the settings. But peak and pop is a great feature.

6. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Even though the haptic touch will get better and better, I'm missing the way 3Dt was working.

7. Valdomero

Posts: 674; Member since: Nov 13, 2012

I've not used the 3D touch thing but on a few apps and the keyboard when moving the cursor, While it's useful for having shortcuts to certain actions it really doesn't do that much. but I'll definitely miss it.

23. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

When I switched to XR as my main device I understood how much I was using 3Dt; fortunately iOS 13 is just around the corner and it brings more utility to haptic touch, but it's still not the same thing.

8. Trex95

Posts: 2381; Member since: Mar 03, 2013

Nice feature hope Apple don’t remove it.

9. ahmadkun

Posts: 586; Member since: May 02, 2016

Useful to explore notifications

10. Ichimoku

Posts: 170; Member since: Nov 18, 2018

old jack, touch id, and then 3D touch? please no!

11. apple-rulz

Posts: 2112; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

3D Touch is such a useful feature, I’ll definitely miss it.

25. Alcyone

Posts: 383; Member since: May 10, 2018

Oh, how sad. Said, no one ever.

14. KingSam

Posts: 1448; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

I thought I would be. Now im on amdroid and its not there. Holding spacebar works for moving cursor and that's all I did with 3d touch.

15. qabriel

Posts: 3; Member since: Feb 02, 2019

I’d be disappointed at first, but I think I’d get used to haptic touch. I do love the faster response time with 3D Touch compared to the delayed response with haptic touch.

16. Natko

Posts: 12; Member since: Feb 05, 2013

If they kill it, XS is my last iPhone.

19. darkkjedii

Posts: 31029; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It's a feature I like, and actually use. As long as the workaround actually works, I'm cool.

31. Vokilam

Posts: 1190; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

I hope that it does - I switched back to iPhone and 3D Touch was in top 3 reasons.

20. oldskool50

Posts: 1529; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

The feature actually isn't going anywhere. It is just gonna be done in software, like it could have been in the first place vs them wasting space on a hardware version which provided no real benefit. It was a complete waste of space that could have been better used for maybe keeping the headphone jack a bit longer, or making the battery bigger. Though there is zero excuse for the iPhone battery not being bigger when you consider so many other phones with far more hardware features inside and are equally as thin. The S4 already had similar features. The problem was Samsung bogged the S4 down with to many features and the SoC was being overwhelmed by them and the phone ran like crap and those features would exevute slowly if they even worked at all. But now that phones have 2Ghz SoC's with higher ram, having this in software shouldn't be a performance issue at all. But it never needed to be done with hardware. It was an excuse to charge more for a phone that lacked any real new features and it was a complete joke. And I remember all the fanboys were saying every Android OEM was gonna run out and copy it and they didn't.

24. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

In order for the feature (haptic touch) to work properly (it can be done like in Android, but, if you say that it is similar to haptic touch, it's because you haven't used ht/3Dt), it needs to use ML engines and I don't think Apple's chips before A13 were ready to use power and computations on this feature. Just my 2 cents - which means I'm speculating, because I don't really know what Apple's chips are capable of (and nobody else but Apple really knows for sure).

30. Vokilam

Posts: 1190; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Oldskool. You are wrong. I used S4 before and newer models - it does NOT feel the same, and longpress lacks ability to do so many features that 3D Touch enabled. You were right about weak hardware not being able to keep up on older android phones - but today hardware is multiplied in advancement and like Leo-mc said, ML engines today are more than capable to mimick something that was only possible with extra layer of hardware. Long press is no way the same as 3D Touch.

22. jeffpom

Posts: 66; Member since: Dec 11, 2016

Keep the Long Press. Thought I would miss it - but I really don't. There are some things from my 7+ to the XR that I do miss using 3D touch, but not entirely.

26. Apoorvtheman

Posts: 47; Member since: Jun 25, 2012

Guys, I rarely comment on posts but they gotta have to keep 3D Touch, it’s so useful in daily life for me and on the second thought Apple is just being a jerk to X users, they are not even giving features such as FaceTime correction and taking away 3D Touch.

27. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1556; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

Personally I always found it to be a useless gimmick, but others feel that way about some features I like.

29. Vokilam

Posts: 1190; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

YES! I will be extremely disappointed - I got used to using it so much I can’t use a phone without it. Apple better have worked the hell out of haptic touch. They better mimic 3D Touch to at least feel the same. And they better not loose any features. Otherwise no 3D Touch will be another reason to switch to something else.

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