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Michael Tsai – Blog – Apple expected to remove the 3D Touch



Joe Rossignol:

In a research paper shared with MacRumors, a team of Barclays analysts last year confirmed that the 3D Touch "will be eliminated" in all 2019 iPhones, which they predicted back in August 2018. Analysts gathered this information from Apple vendors after a trip to Asia earlier this month.

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Apple already replaced the 3D Touch with the Haptic Touch on the iPhone XR to achieve an almost edge-to-edge LCD on the device, and it is likely that the feature will be extended to all 2019 iPhones. Haptic Touch is simply a marketing name for a long press combined with the haptic feedback from the Taptic Engine.

Haptic Touch works well, but it's not a replacement for 3D Touch because it's just about feedback, not input. 3D Touch had the potential to be like modification keys on the Mac, a way to provide an extra "dimension" of input. iOS really needs something like that. I'm not sure why Apple never really did much about it, but the potential was wasted. Given that, and the fact that it never did it over the iPhone product line or to any iPads, I can certainly see why they would get rid of it and doubt most would miss it (or knew about it initially).

Kyle Howells :

3D Touch should have replaced / been the same as long press in almost every situation. It eliminates waiting times and makes everything faster.

Instead, Apple confused everything by having 3 different things happen, depending on how you tap an app icon.

Neil Sardesai :

Man that's a shame. Especially on the iPad, how long the pressure is a super overloaded gesture, the 3D Touch would really relieve it

Russell Ivanovic :

Unpopular meaning I suspect, but the 3D touch is one of the worst usage errors Apple has ever made ( IMHO). Difficult movement as in places such as the home screen conflict with other movements. I shouldn't be Lionel Messi on my fingers to rearrange my icons.

Nick Lockwood :

Nick Lockwood Retweeted Dan Masters – OhMDee.com
Damn. 😔 The 3D touch is great, especially for games – there's nothing wrong with the technology itself, just the horrible way Apple chose to integrate it into the user interface.

If it had just been introduced as a universal contextual menu shortcut, it could have been so powerful.

Steven Aquino :

As for me, the Touch Bar (and 3D Touch, another thing I like) is kind of in the web world. Limited in availability and largely unrefined.

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