3D touch, how is it (honest opinions)

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by eclipse01, Oct 22, 2015.

  1. eclipse01 macrumors 68020


    May 16, 2011
    Eau Claire, WI
  2. cc00lltt00nn macrumors regular


    Sep 23, 2012
    Buford, GA
    It works exactly as advertised, IMHO. The only "issue" I've had with it is sometimes when I'm trying to click on a link (in Safari), it will start to peek instead of just opening the link. Obviously this is due to user error. Other than that, it's been perfect.
  3. iphonedude2008 macrumors 65816


    Nov 7, 2009
    Irvine, CA
    Yeah I've had that too. The best way to prevent that is to set the force touch threshold higher in settings.
  4. eclipse01 thread starter macrumors 68020


    May 16, 2011
    Eau Claire, WI
    I realize that but i'm wondering if it is a good addition or really just a gimmick or "tacked on" feature that really is not needed or more of a pain then anything.

    reason I am asking this is cause my mom, who is not a fan of change wants to update her 4s to the latest and greatest but i'm/she is not sure that this is just going to be an annoying feature for her.

    can you turn it off if its not needed?
  5. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    Yes to turning it off (see below).

    For me, it's nice to have, but it's not a "must have". I see that changing as the people who write the apps I use the most find cool ways to implement it in their stuff.

  6. thatanonymoususer macrumors regular


    Oct 12, 2015
    I'm pretty happy with it. For me, being able to app-switch without shimmying my hand down the device to the home button is really nice. The ability to preview links for image-sharing sites without opening the image in a new tab is great. Using 3D Touch with a reminders app like OmniFocus is absolutely fantastic. Text selection is a breeze with the 3D Touch keyboard. You can be more precise, and you don't cover up the content while you're doing it. 90% of the time, I wouldn't call 3D Touch a gimmick. (The other 10% being Live Photos :p)
  7. Pelea macrumors 6502

    Oct 5, 2014
    3D Touch with the app switcher is useless, only allows u to swap to the nearest app in memory, for example:

    I open safari, then weather, then App Store. Using 3d touch I would only be able to quick hop to the weather app and not safari using that method.

    It's pretty much useless atm besides in games where it's nice to have.
  8. thatanonymoususer macrumors regular


    Oct 12, 2015
    If you swipe halfway across the screen, the full app-switcher is activated letting you switch to anything.
  9. Pelea macrumors 6502

    Oct 5, 2014
    i see.. well for me that's more of a hassle than just double clicking tbh. if some people like using that then good for them.

    thanks for the help though.
  10. Bryan Bowler macrumors 68040

    Sep 27, 2008
    Honestly, I just haven't used much. Admittedly, I need to in order to better appreciate what it does. I just haven't had a need yet, that I know of.
  11. Tykethat macrumors newbie


    Oct 22, 2015
    I struggled with the app switcher at first but now I can do it every time and find it much easier than reaching down for the home button.
  12. jasonklee macrumors 6502a


    Dec 7, 2007
    Absolutely. Using 3D Touch took some practice but using the Home button to switch between apps now feels very old and cumbersome.

    Edit to add: it might be just me but with 9.1 swiping from the left seems to require less force.
  13. reverberlayed macrumors regular

    Sep 5, 2014
    I like 3D touch so far, but I really don't use it that frequently. I do use the app switcher and use it to quickly open the camera for a selfie. I find the peek and pop features pretty useless for my purposes. I could see it being useful if you browse Reddit (or similar) in Safari to get a preview of an image posted, but I prefer to use an Alien Blue which has a similar feature anyway. I think it has potential, but right now I mostly forget it's there.
  14. Ironman1964 macrumors regular


    Sep 13, 2014
    I don't think it is a gimmick, but it needs to evolve to become more useful. I am hoping that we will eventually be able to have more control over what we can access/do with each app. As an example, it would be nice to be able to set up the contacts we want in messages and the phone app, and maybe have room to add say 5 contacts not just 3.
  15. thatanonymoususer macrumors regular


    Oct 12, 2015
    It does make me feel a bit less nervous about the rumors of an iPhone 7 without a home button, which also brings up another point for OP; if your mother doesn't like change, this might be the last iPhone with a proper home-button, etc if rumors turn out to be true. Who knows? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ It might be a great time to get a classic-style iPhone to last you a while. 64-bit, 2gb ram, twice as fast CPU, better graphics, etc. I feel like the 2gb ram will be a great target to develop for for developers for years after the 1GB devices fall off, and s-year devices have historically lasted a year longer with iOS updates than non-s iPhones.
  16. superevangelist1 macrumors member


    Sep 14, 2015
    Phoenix, AZ
    It's been a learning curve for me simply because after years of just tapping the icon, I can now press down hard on it.

    I would like to see more 3rd party apps take advantage of this new feature.
  17. tranceking26 macrumors regular


    Apr 16, 2013
    I've had my 6S a day and have so far only used it like twice, to test the peek and pop function.

    I think it will be more suited to playing games, because I'm navigating just fine without using it.
  18. The Game 161 macrumors P6

    The Game 161

    Dec 15, 2010
    Very useful and will be great when more apps are supported. Been very useful in Photos when taking a video or selfie for example. Peek and Pop is useful at certain times. Overall I really like it but i like live photos even more
  19. I7guy macrumors Core


    Nov 30, 2013
    Gotta be in it to win it
    Just discovered that holding down on the app icon leaves the menu sticky on the screen. Maybe it was mentioned previously but I found out inadvertently.
  20. Mascots macrumors 68000


    Sep 5, 2009
    Love it, but it'll take some time to use it as passively as multitouch. That includes time for more developers to implement it.

    I honestly think it's the next major big move for UI that is being underrated because of it's limited scope. Just give it time.
  21. sunking101 macrumors 604


    Sep 19, 2013
    I use it to select 'selfie' with the camera app, and occasionally to 'peek' into emails. The text editing cursor is handy too, but often (for me) it's a faff getting it to work...so I tend not to bother most of the time. Is 3D Touch a 'must have' feature? Not at all.
  22. hovscorpion12 macrumors 65816


    Sep 12, 2011
    3D Touch is great in my opinion. Limited third party apps updated to 3D Touch.
  23. ziggy3055 macrumors member


    Jan 23, 2009
    I literally never use it and when I did it was to try it out. Other than the apple apps and some popular apps are slowly trickling in, it's more of a gimmick to me at this point. That may change as more apps get it though.
  24. bushman4 macrumors 68020

    Mar 22, 2011
    It's a shortcut at this stage but has potential It's not a ' must have' feature
    It's not a reason to buy the 6s or 6s plus.
    It's just a nice feature to have

    As we move forward more Apps will have it and there will be more uses for it
  25. Genkakuzai macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2013
    'Tis good stuff. Clearly will benefit from wider implementation, but still pretty useful.

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