Other 3D Touch. Do You Use It?

Do You Use 3D Touch?

  • Yes

    Votes: 82 72.6%
  • No

    Votes: 31 27.4%

  • Total voters
    113

Surf Monkey

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There’s a growing controversy over the future of 3D Touch. Apple appears to have given some people the impression that they’re phasing it out because it isn’t part of the iPhone XR.

So let’s take a little informal survey. Who uses it? Let’s not get into whether it should continue to appear on iPhones or not just yet. Let’s keep it simple for now. Do you use it, by which I mean, is it part of your normal workflow?
 

thelookingglass

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I could easily live without it just by using a long press rather than a forceful press. I only use it for control center functions.
 
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sunapple

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Yes, keyboard cursor and quickly getting to Wi-Fi from the Settings icon. I use 3D-touch with an app icon for just one other app (banking). That's it. Maybe in Control Center, but there's no difference with a long press there (iPad/older iPhones).

From there I'd get in the discussion whether it should continue to appear on iPhones. :p That's been discussed in length already on the forums though.
 

AppleHaterLover

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This one time my iPhone was water damaged and I only noticed the only side effect was that 3D touch did not work anymore almost 4 months after the fact (because someone taught me how to use the 3D-touch cursor).

There are alternatives to pretty much every gesture you can do with 3D touch, with the added effect that it is very much not old-people or Accessibility friendly (my grandmother for example cannot do a hard-press), even power users might not notice it's even there until you try it (think shake to undo), and you can't implement it across the platform because of accessibility and also because it is not on all devices.

3D touch is very easy to replace and I wouldn't miss it at all.
 

Vermifuge

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I never use the peak feature. More often than not ForceFouch gets in the way when i'm trying to delete an app.
 

Dunbar

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For moving the cursor when typing it’s invaluable. It’s worth it for that one feature alone IMO even though I almost never use it for anything else. Long pressing on the IPP feels clunky and difficult to master in comparison.
 

Relentless Power

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3D touch is very easy to replace
No, It’s not. If you watch the iPhone 6s Keynote, Tim Cook specifically stated implementing 3D Touch on to the iPhone 6s was very difficult to do. The problem with 3D Touch, too many don’t know how to actually utilize its functionality with short cutting through navigation through apps and other iOS measures. For those who actually have understanding of 3D Touch and can take a advantage of peak/pop, it’s merely a convenience tool, especially using the keyboard to move the cursor.
 

Novus John

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No. I tried using it when I first got my iphone 6s, I really wanted to use it to control the cursor for editing text, but for some reason it never worked consistently for me, some keyboards (apps?) supported it, others didn't; I could also never figure out why it would sometimes select words and even entire sentences when all I wanted to do was to shift the cursor at the beginning of some word. At the end I simply disabled it because it was getting in my way.
 
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Surf Monkey

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No. Stupidest feature ever. To add insult to injury, it adds weight to an already too-heavy phone.
It’s a matter of perspective. I use it all the time. I peek/pop photos, I use the virtual trackpad function on the keyboard, I use app shortcuts on the home screen and in control center, I use peek/pop in notifications and to preview Web links...

Those are just the ones that come to mind. Stupid feature? No, I don’t think so. From my perspective it’s a broadening and strengthening of iOS by enabling a whole new set of useful gestures. Apple has always been known for giving people many different ways to do the same thing. For me 3D Touch is the first option in lots of cases. It saves me time, makes my experience of the OS more smooth and effortless and has become an increasingly necessary part of my work flow.

I think it would be a big and completely unnecessary step backward if Apple actually does remove it. And if people don’t like it, Apple makes it simple to turn off.
 
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840quadra

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Use it daily for app shortcuts, Keyboard curser, and to deep dive into control center settings. Really miss the 3D Touch swipe to which apps on the X and Xs though. I don't see why we couldn't have kept that, along with the bottom of phone swipe.



I could easily live without it just by using a long press rather than a forceful press. I only use it for control center functions.
iPhones have long press too (for different uses) so we would lose a layer of input.
 
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840quadra

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I just updated my well loved 5s to a XS so this is the fiest time I’m actually using 3D touch. I’m still learning where it’s useful for my workflow, but so far I think I like it. Voted yes therefore.
You almost have to force yourself to learn it. There are some decent tutorials out there too. Quick previews of photos and links are something I often forget it does.

Light 3D press and swipe up, it offers you a handy small menu that comes in handy when you are viewing links from sites such as forms or social media.
 
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