Does anyone ever actually use force touch?

Tarek

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When I was buying this laptop, I was told that it has the force touch trackpad like on the new MacBook generations, and to be honest I have not found one benefit for it except looking up a certain word for definition and synonyms. Are there are any actual beneficial uses for it?
 

Cindori

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When most people are using mouse, there is little incentive for developers to add special functionality for Force Touch.
 

xb2003

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I like it. I have a poor vocabulary and it will define words for me. Also, I can make calendar events, and the feedback is nice when adjusting faders in Logic.
 

leman

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I do! The dictionary thing is very useful. I wish more apps would have support for force touch.
 
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LOLZpersonok

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I've been using Force Touch mostly just because I can. I've only actually found it useful a few times. The most use I'd get out of it is finding definitions of words or statements without having to go to a dedicated website or application for it.
 
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Tarek

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I looked up a list of the things you can do with Force Touch and the only interesting one that I actually tend to use frequently is the dictionary look-up feature. I am guessing it can become more useful when more 3rd party applications start utilizing it rather than just stock Apple apps, as mentioned here previously. Thanks for your input, guys!
 

JustinBW

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I use it for the dictionary feature exclusively and sometimes that doesn't work (notably in Google Docs, which is likely not Apple's fault).
 

Tarek

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@Spudlicious I agree with you regarding the track pad being the best in the market of laptops, however my question was specifically regarding Force Touch which I find practically useless.
 

poorcody

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Out of curiosity, does anyone have any ideas on how it could be applied to tasks to make it more useful? It sort of seems underutilized to me... for example, I would like a "deep click" to open a web link in a private tab...
 

Spudlicious

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@Spudlicious I agree with you regarding the track pad being the best in the market of laptops, however my question was specifically regarding Force Touch which I find practically useless.
My main point is that because I don't use a mouse with my Mac I find Force Touch excellent, but I can see that for someone with a mouse under their hand it's irrelevant.
 
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CE3

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Don't you technically use force touch every time you press the trackpad and it clicks?

I mostly use a mouse on the MacBook, but as far as trackpads go it's the best one I've used.
 
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