iPhone X Can anyone confirm that 3D Touch has been officially removed from iPhone X?

MacDevil7334

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3D Touch is still there in iOS 13. However, some of the functionality has been changed and blended with haptic touch. You can still 3D Touch on notifications to expand them, on home screen icons to bring up contextual menus, on the keyboard to enter trackpad mode, etc. But, on iPads and non-3D Touch iPhones, a long press does all these same things.

What has changed on the X in iOS 13 is peek and pop. You can still 3D Touch to peek, but pop is gone. This is because the pop gesture is not possible on phones without 3D Touch and Apple wanted to make it so all devices can have consistent peek functionality. So, now when you peek, you have to lift your finger and tap the preview to “pop” into it. I don’t think it’s really better or worse than the old method, just different. The peek and slide left or right on mail messages to mark read or delete gesture is gone in iOS 13, which is a shame.

So, 3D Touch is still there. It’s just changed so that non-3D Touch devices can have a consistent experience.You’ll get used to the changes in a day or two.
 

Shirasaki

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Force touch is officially gone, with all of its glory. People (including me) may say it is still there but with functionality change. But, in reality, I can also say force touch is gone for good and Never see the light of the day despite being integrated in iPhone 6s, 7, 8, X and Xs lineup.

For functionality, almost all force touch gestures are implemented using long press except keyboard cursor (space bar version is inferior) and text selection (cannot do on iPhone easily and buggy on iPad, less intuitive), As well as aforementioned peek and pop. Also, I hate force touching app context menus trigger wiggle mode. I want wiggle mode much harder to trigger or even get Removed entirely, yet wiggle mode can be triggered much easier than ever.
 

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No pop in peek and pop.
They basically are taking away a feature to make the people without 3 D touch happy.
why would it make people without it happy? They’ve clearly done it to have a u I died operating system across all devices. if you still had the function it would have no effect on my happiness.

So much this!!! Which is an inadvertent acknowledgment on their part that 3D is far superior.
I don’t think there’s any debate that it was superior it was just under used. I really liked it but I barely ever remembered to use it.
 

MacDevil7334

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Force touch is officially gone, with all of its glory. People (including me) may say it is still there but with functionality change. But, in reality, I can also say force touch is gone for good and Never see the light of the day despite being integrated in iPhone 6s, 7, 8, X and Xs lineup.

For functionality, almost all force touch gestures are implemented using long press except keyboard cursor (space bar version is inferior) and text selection (cannot do on iPhone easily and buggy on iPad, less intuitive), As well as aforementioned peek and pop. Also, I hate force touching app context menus trigger wiggle mode. I want wiggle mode much harder to trigger or even get Removed entirely, yet wiggle mode can be triggered much easier than ever.
This is fundamentally not true. If your device has 3D Touch hardware, you can still use a force touch in place of a long press in iOS 13. The difference is that anything that could only be done with a force touch (e.g. the pop part of peek and pop) has been modified so that non-3D Touch devices can still perform those actions too. And so the set of actions is now the same across all devices. If you are on a 3D Touch device, you force press as usual to activate (and it is still faster than a long press). For all other devices, the same 3D Touch functionality is now available with a long press. It is true that devices with 3D Touch hardware can also use the long press method to access 3D Touch features. But, I’m not sure why you’d ever want to since a force touch is by definition faster.

I’m not sure what you’re on about with rearranging app icons from the contextual menus. That change was necessary to accommodate non-3D Touch devices. How do you propose to rearrange your home screen icons if Apple removes wiggle mode completely?
 
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JohnApples

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I am a bit sad that 3D Touch is gone. Over the past 3 years, I’ve really gotten used to it... though I suppose I didn’t use it too often. It was very handy for the Keyboard Cursor thing, peek ‘n pop, and getting the app shortcuts. I also play Clash Royale which let you quickly peek at your cards’ stats by 3D touching them.

But... all of these things are possible with a long press, so I don’t know how much I’ll actually be missing it on my new 11.

The issue was that there was no easy way to educate people on 3D Touch. There were no on-screen indications that something could be 3D-touched so it was mostly a guessing game. Even if you could indicate it, the vast majority of users would most likely not care.

We’ve learned to *not* use force on touch screens for so long too. I’ve tried to teach my parents and co-workers how to use 3D Touch but they were all genuinely concerned about damaging their screen by doing it (even if it doesn’t require much force to activate).

And that’s not even diving into the lack of developer support.

It was just kind of a messy situation all around. While I may not agree with their decision to remove it, I do get why they did it. They gave it 4 years/generations to catch on and it never really did.
 
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I’m not sure what you’re on about with rearranging app icons from the contextual menus. That change was necessary to accommodate non-3D Touch devices. How do you propose to rearrange your home screen icons if Apple removes wiggle mode completely?
Easy. Just hold and drag icons around to rearrange. Wiggle mode is mainly for deleting App.
 

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The reports of I’ve seen say the sensitivity is gone on iOS 13. So yes you can 3d touch but it’s not the same. Basically a slightly quicker long press. Very disappointed with Apple on this.
 

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As others have stated, it is not really an iPhone X issue, it is an iOS 13 issue. So, the results on the X should be similar to my findings on the Xs Max.

Here are my findings so far in testing my devices, and I am sure there are quite a few I am missing. Biggest problem with 3D touch, was the fact that apple Didn’t Attempt to educate the user base as well as they did with Multitouch, or Force touch (Mac). Had they put in little “input tutorials” like we have in MacOS, I am sure the adoption rate would have been far higher than we saw it. As I said in other threads, I had (over the years) encountered apple store employees (even genius level) that didn’t know about the functionality in some examples.

FeatureiOS 12 iPhone 7iOS 13 iPhone Xs MaxiOS 13 iPhone 11 Pro Max
Peek & pop images iMessage👍👍👍 Works fully😡😡😡 Gone😡😡😡 Gone
Peek & pop URL in iMessage👍👍👍 Works fully😡😡😡 Gone😡😡😡 Gone
Peek & pop URLs in Safari👍👍👍 Works fully👍Peek only🚦Peek only(slower haptic)
Peek & pop images in Safari👍👍👍 Works fully👍Peek only🚦Peek only(slower haptic)
3D Touch Keyboard cursor👍👍👍 Works fully👍👍👍 Works fully😡😡😡 Gone
3D Touch cursor selection👍👍👍 Works fully👍👍👍 Works fully😡😡😡 Gone
space bar cursor activation👍👍👍 Works fully👍👍👍 Works fully👍👍👍 Works fully
Contextual home screen menu👍👍👍 Works fully👍👍👍 Works fully🚦Long press
Long press home iconsactivates icon wigglecontextual Menucontextual menu
Extended long press home iconsNo actionactivates icon wiggleactivates icon wiggle
3d Touch Lock screen notifications👍👍👍 Works fully👍👍👍 Works fully🚦Long press
3d Touch Lock screen buttons👍👍👍 Works fully👍👍👍 Works fully🚦Long press
3D Touch Notification Center👍👍👍 Works fully👍👍👍 Works fully🚦Long press
3D touch control center👍 Works (deeper settings)👍 Works (deeper settings)🚦Long press deeper settings
Long press control centerNo response👍 Works (deeper settings)👍 Works (deeper settings)
3D Touch Swipe app switch👍👍👍 Works fully😔 replaced by gesture😔 replaced by gesture
Notes app pressure sensitive markup tools👍👍👍 Works fully👍👍👍 Works fully😡😡😡 Gone
So far Applications are a mixed bag. With the removal of 3D touch, a few applications will likely change their behavior, and in some cases will be completely useless now. Drawing , games, & music applications that could use pressure sensitivity to enhance their controls will now need to find new ways to implement those features (if possible).


I used the pressure sensitive writing utensils in notes ALL THE TIME, I am actually going to miss that functionality quite a bit. I don’t game much, but I do recall having a race game that would accelerate and brake based on how hard you pressed the control.

We lost an input method FULL STOP, and something that set Apple phones apart from others. Long press & haptic touch is not a replacement, it is simply a time delay of an existing input method.

Personally I hope 3D Touch, or similar comes back in the future via easier (for Apple) to implement sensors or configuration. Making multiple Mac computers with Force Touch, as well as their Apple Watches, it seems silly that their biggest selling devices no longer share this input method.
 
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Nacho98

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It's still there, but as pointed out, it's neutered.

Really bizarre of Apple to neuter hardware that people are still paying for. Typically older devices remain fully supported on features they originally shipped with.