Any concepts or ideas of force touch integration in iOS? (for fun)

iFanaddic

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So we all suspect that Apple will integrate force touch in its line of iOS devices in the near future. Has anybody seen any concepts out there of how it could be integrated or does anybody have any idea of what Apple could/should do to make this function as useful and as friendly as possible?

My first idea was that ads should be forced touch enabled to prevent accidental click/redirects. if you just touch it nothing happens, force touch it takes you to the ad. Smart uh?

I was also thinking about this new input for quickly accessing settings on a per app basis and some could even provide App specific settings and options:

For example, I've imagine what force touching Apple Music's app icon:

**place cool popup animation here**

****Default****
Notifications ON/OFF
Do Not Disturb ON/OFF
Uses touch id ON/OFF
Background Refresh ON/OFF
Cellular Data ON/OFF
Privacy >
Usage (Data+Battery) >
****App Specific****
Shuffle ON/OFF
Add current song to Fav. >
EQ >
Volume Limit >
Sound Check >
...​

Other possible App specific options.
  • Force touch Messages to go to compose
  • Force touch Photos brings you to you favorites or Camera Roll
  • Force touch Calendar brings you to create an event.
  • Force touch the wallpaper brings you to wallpaper choose
  • Force touch Mail brings you to create an email
  • Force touch phone app to call back the call you just missed
  • Force touch Mail brings you to create an email
....

And that's only for app icon! iOS could additionally enable force touch on other elements of the UI...
  • Force touch clock on the lockscreen brings you to clock
  • Force touch date on the lock screen brings you to calendar
  • Force touch the wallpaper brings you to wallpaper chooser

So yeah what are your ideas? What do you think of mine?
 
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Shirasaki

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All in all, unlimited possibilities.

But I think Apple will only implement some really simple functions such as enabling immediate define through force touch.

I am a more practical person. :p
 

Shirasaki

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On a more practical note, Apple could implement Force Touch into the Music app. They could eliminate the need for most of the "•••" menus with a simple Force Touch gesture.
So they design a different look by removing dots, and use force touch instead?
 

Shirasaki

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Keep the dots for non-Force Touch devices and remove them for devices with Force Touch. The popup would be the same as it currently is, with just a different method of triggering it which also reduces UI clutter.
However do you think this would make users feel strange and, more possible, instantly remind users holding ALL old devices their devices is unable to show the new interface due to significant hardware difference?

I bet this'll cause complaints between users. And this is not good for consistency.
 

Shirasaki

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Another possible approach, is using force touch to trigger keyboard trackpad function or onscreen trackpad function, which is used for selection in new iOS 9.
 
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So we all suspect that Apple will integrate force touch in its line of iOS devices in the near future. Has anybody seen any concepts out there of how it could be integrated or does anybody have any idea of what Apple could/should do to make this function as useful and as friendly as possible?

My first idea was that ads should be forced touch enabled to prevent accidental click/redirects. if you just touch it nothing happens, force touch it takes you to the ad. Smart uh?

I was also thinking about this new input for quickly accessing settings on a per app basis and some could even provide App specific settings and options:

For example, I've imagine what force touching Apple Music's app icon:

**place cool popup animation here**

****Default****
Notifications ON/OFF
Do Not Disturb ON/OFF
Uses touch id ON/OFF
Background Refresh ON/OFF
Cellular Data ON/OFF
Privacy >
Usage (Data+Battery) >
****App Specific****
Shuffle ON/OFF
Add current song to Fav. >
EQ >
Volume Limit >
Sound Check >
...​

Other possible App specific options.
  • Force touch Messages to go to compose
  • Force touch Photos brings you to you favorites or Camera Roll
  • Force touch Calendar brings you to create an event.
  • Force touch the wallpaper brings you to wallpaper choose
  • Force touch Mail brings you to create an email
  • Force touch phone app to call back the call you just missed
  • Force touch Mail brings you to create an email
  • Force touch phone app to call back the call you just missed
....

And that's only for app icon! iOS could additionally enable force touch on other elements of the UI...
  • Force touch clock on the lockscreen brings you to clock
  • Force touch date on the lock screen brings you to calendar
  • Force touch the wallpaper brings you to wallpaper choose

So yeah what are your ideas? What do you think of mine?
This sounds incredibly complicated... I hope they make it easier to understand an remember.the context menue idea is pretty good.
 
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Shirasaki

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That's a good idea for the iPad, on iPhone it could go to the next keyboard on the list..
Hmm, force touch to switch between keyboards? Not a really good idea, because this may lead to more accident operations. Yes.
 

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This sounds incredibly complicated... I hope they make it easier to understand an remember.the context menue idea is pretty good.
I disagree, the old method (the long way) would still be there, and for those of us that can keep up (no offense) shortcuts would be there.

I work in a call center for a canadian carrier let me tell you some people just buy the iPhone because they've heard that name somewhere.. All they need is a device that makes call and can sends texts.. And I agree with you, these people probably do not need another confusing input method to learn. But then you have the other half of Apples customers (Probably not actually 50/50), the power users, that actually wants to use the device to it's full potential.. They wanna multitask and do things quickly. I think Apple should intergrate such feature for them. Not for the first half. They can't keep everyone happy, but they can at least try
 
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I like this. I think showing hidden options is the most natural use of force touch coming from the watch. It could also work in Reminders where now you have to tap to go into edit text mode, then tap the i icon just to edit a reminder's details. I would like force touch there.
 

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I like this. I think showing hidden options is the most natural use of force touch coming from the watch. It could also work in Reminders where now you have to tap to go into edit text mode, then tap the i icon just to edit a reminder's details. I would like force touch there.
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Shirasaki

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Force touch should be like the iOS's version of RIGHT CLICK
Umm, more vivid explanation. :)

Well, I think, some tap and hold function in non force touch devices would be transferred to force touch devices by force touching designated icons or interface elements rather than tapping and holding it.

You know Apple is really good at making the second generation of products, which is definitely applicable to individual technologies. So in iOS 9, we may see preliminary support of force touch, and in iOS 10, we would see something new on it.
 

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However do you think this would make users feel strange and, more possible, instantly remind users holding ALL old devices their devices is unable to show the new interface due to significant hardware difference?

I bet this'll cause complaints between users. And this is not good for consistency.
No. It would be a device specific feature.
Ex:

iPhone 3GS had voice control and video recording

iPhone 4 had FaceTime

iPhone 4S had Siri

iPhone 5 had some UI tweets due to its change in screen size

iPhone 5S had Touch ID

iPhone 6/6+ had ApplePay and some UI tweaks due to the screen size. 6+ got landscape mode

So with each new iPhone comes a new UI element/ new app (like FaceTime) that is only available on the newest device. It doesn't have to do with consistency it has to do with marketing. Why buy a new iPhone if it has all the same features and UI has my current iPhone?
 

Shirasaki

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No. It would be a device specific feature.
Ex:

iPhone 3GS had voice control and video recording

iPhone 4 had FaceTime

iPhone 4S had Siri

iPhone 5 had some UI tweets due to its change in screen size

iPhone 5S had Touch ID

iPhone 6/6+ had ApplePay and some UI tweaks due to the screen size. 6+ got landscape mode

So with each new iPhone comes a new UI element/ new app (like FaceTime) that is only available on the newest device. It doesn't have to do with consistency it has to do with marketing. Why buy a new iPhone if it has all the same features and UI has my current iPhone?
So they continuously and gradually add maybe breaking maybe not new hardware or software features to the new iPhone iPad or whatsoever.

What I say consistency means the overall consistency of system feeling, and usage. I know this would not cover every aspect but until now if you see stock grid icon arrangement, and dock on home screen, you could say "this is an iPhone or iPad." I call this a DNA of a product. DNA is more consistent than outside changes such as new apps and some new features.

If apple removes that three dot, users would easily realise that my device has force touch, while those with three dots don't have. It's ok for a company to maximise the profit, but should they consider sustainability a little bit, to not bring such obvious gap between new and old devices? That three dots may not be considered as DNA of a product, though.
 

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The problem is the need to explain the new/changed use cases for and with Force Touch (for instance, if UI elements will be removed like the "three dots" in favor of Force Touch). I bet Apple will implement Force Touch very softly and it will get more functions with iOS 10.