3D Touch has always been a divisive iPhone feature. Many people have never found a use while others say they can’t live without it. However, there are many functions of 3D Touch which could simply be accomplished by a touch and hold on the display, eliminating the extra stress on your finger too. 3D Touch naysayers have raised these points for years.
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Haptic Touch on iPhone XR
Apple has finally given in to the idea. The new iPhone XR is not equipped with 3D Touch but will get much of the functionality through a feature dubbed Haptic Touch. Never one to resist flashy feature names, Haptic Touch is Apple’s fancy designation for touching and holding your finger on the display.
The added layer of haptic feedback will help you recognize when the feature is triggered. And with Apple’s excellence in haptic feedback technology, it makes you wonder if 3D Touch is on it’s way out. It will be interesting to see if users prefer Haptic Touch over 3D Touch once the iPhone XR launches.
The current 3D Touch technology is sort of one flavor. It does not allow you for multiple configurations. When it comes to haptic touch, Apple has shown that it can allow users to customize the haptic intensity. This is clearly exemplified in the Apple Watch settings, where users can adjust the intensity of the Haptic feedback.
It is possible that Apple may introduce some additional features around Haptic touch as we move forward. Apple improved its haptic engine technology with the introduction of iPhone X. This was evident by the replacement of the mechanical home button and other places where you get the haptic feedback on the iPhone X. Users that have come to like the haptic feedback technology on the iPhone X swear by it so we are hoping that it would be a good experience on the iPhone XR.
Haptic Touch could come to iPad
Another possibility Haptic Touch brings to the table is 3D Touch functionality on iPad. 3D Touch was never realistic on an iPad because of of…well…physics. However, touching and holding your finger on your iPad is practical where 3D Touch would lead to many iPads toppling over.
I often find myself working on an iPad and wishing for the ability to pop into a photo or view a link without changing apps. I’ve personally found quite a few uses for 3D Touch and use the feature quite often. I think Haptic Touch would be an excellent addition to the iPad.
Will Apple fix the biggest problem with 3D Touch
I was fascinated with the idea of 3D Touch when it was introduced. It did add an extra layer of user interface to the iPhone. I still think there are many improvements Apple could make to the functionality. The problem is knowing when and where 3D Touch can be used. It’s baffling Apple hasn’t added any indications of where 3D Touch can be used.
If I had to guess, Apple feels the small percentage of iOS devices which support 3D Touch hasn’t warranted the attention to push the feature more. Now that 3D Touch functionality is coming to more iPhones, and possibly iPads, I hope more time is spent developing these features.