3D Touch: useful tech or useless gimmick?
Apple introduced 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s as the evolution of Force Touch technology found on the Apple Watch and the Macbook. With it comes few tricks that work to make navigating iOS somewhat quicker. Check out the video below for a quick look at 3D Touch:
Compatible apps now include shortcuts on the homescreen, giving users access to oft-used functions. In certain apps like Photos, Instagram or even the Mail app, users can preview individual photos, videos or emails by adding a little pressure (putting on more pressure will open it completely).
Multitasking can now be accessed by applying pressure on the left edge of the screen, and the app list will snap into place. Or you can apply a little pressure and slide your finger across the screen, toggling between your current app and the last used app. Beyond that, other functions for 3D Touch include playing with the new Live Wallpapers (which are really just the tail-end of a swimming fish), and activating Live Photos, short clips that your iPhone 6s saves when snapping a picture.
While definitely handy in very few situations, the technology doesn’t seem all that necessary on the iPhone. Sometimes it can seem a little cumbersome and confusing. For instance, when I wanna rearrange my homescreen which requires tapping and holding on any app, it’ll sometimes register instead as 3D Touch, forcing me to apply even less pressure when tapping the app which then starts to feel awkward. And I still find myself double-clicking the home screen to open multitasking, which renders 3D Touch as almost useless.
What do you think? Has Apple justified the use of this technology on the iPhone? Do they still need more work to turn it into something truly useful? Let us know!
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