How worthwhile is a larger display and 3D Touch?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by sudoreboot, Jul 18, 2017.

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iPhone SE or iPhone 6s for future use?

  1. iPhone SE

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  2. iPhone 6s

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  1. sudoreboot macrumors newbie

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    I currently have an Android device and I'm looking to get an iPhone -- most likely either the iPhone SE or the iPhone 6s.

    The iPhone SE is appealing to me for its smaller display size and it's longer battery life. However, my hesitation with going for the SE is that I currently have a 4-inch iPod Touch 6th generation, so it seems like it could be redundant to have two 4-inch displays.

    At the same time, I also know that the 6s supports 3D Touch, which I could see becoming valuable in the near future.

    My questions are, how significant is 3D Touch expected to become, how much of a shorter battery life does the 6s have in comparison to the SE in any user's experience, and is the larger 6s display bothersome to anyone who was used to a 4-inch screen?

    Thank you!
     
  2. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

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    I used 3D touch when it was first introduced and hardly ever since. Just did not take off with me.
     
  3. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    These are really things that you'll have to determine for yourself as some find one, the other or both useful and some find one, the other or both not useful. It's not just a matter of the feature itself but of the individual's preferences. I don't use 3D touch all that much but I do use it from time to time. I knew I wanted a larger screen before getting it. Best bet is to try and see for yourself versus just polling others who may or may not have preferences in line with your own.
     
  4. sudoreboot thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I guess I'm more interested, from a technical side, which might have more endurance in the future. Is 3D Touch going to become central to many iOS actions in the near future, or is it going to remain an "addition" to the experience?
     
  5. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    I can't comment on the future of 3D Touch, but I will comment on the 3-D aspect side of things. 3D Touch to me has been favorite feature. It allows a quicker and shorter access through the application of what you specifically want, versus navigating through the whole application by opening it up as a whole, which is convenient for me . Also, using 'Peek' and 'Pop' with 3D Touch is another nice feature that allows you to momentarily open the Photo/message or E-mail partially to glance at it, but you don't fully have to open it if you don't want to.
     
  6. kazmac macrumors 603

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    As an owner of the 6s and 7+, I do not use 3D Touch and while the larger display was helpful, I was delighted to discover the SE's lower resolution makes print a little bigger and easier on my eyes. Had I actually taken a good look at the SE in March, I would have walked out of the Apple store with one of those instead of 7+.

    Down the road I will migrate towards an SE (hopefully an updated model or the smallest screen previous gen iPhone Apple make at that point), and another iPad Pro for heavy lifting.

    The iPhone has become the least important Apple device to me as I rarely use any, if most of the bells and whistles. If it does what I want it to do, that's all I ask.

    I do think the folks who posted above me offer excellent advice. It really is up to you and your usage, OP.
     
  7. noobinator macrumors 603

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    For me I used 3d touch all the time. I always used it to move the cursor around when typing. This is the best thing about it. With that being said, if you don't have much use for it now, I doubt it will gain a ton of more useful actions in the future. It's a thing that is great if you like it but I don't see it evolving much.
     
  8. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

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    I keep forgetting that 3D touch works for moving the cursor around. It works great and thanks for the reminder.
     
  9. GrumpyMom macrumors 604

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    I often forget 3D Touch even exists. I did get used to using it for Live Photos but keep forgetting all the peek and pop tricks I can do. It's hard teaching an old dog like me new tricks sometimes. :p

    But we don't know what Apple is going to do next with it. I haven't kept up too closely with iOS 11 news but if I recall correctly there's still going to be more development for 3-D Touch. You might want to research that a bit yourself since I'm a terrible source of info for it. It is still a good idea to future-proof yourself a little bit, and take a good look at the iPhone 6s.

    I own and love the SE myself. But one thing to remember is that it has no water resistance whatsoever. While the iPhone 6s officially doesn't have any, unofficially it's a bit more splash resistant. I used to handle my 6s Plus with wet hands with no ill effects. I wouldn't ever do that with my SE without my more protective cases on. I don't know if that's a factor you need to take into account or not. I figured I'd mention it because a little of people forget about that difference.
     
  10. sudoreboot thread starter macrumors newbie

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    How is the battery on the 6s? Is it noticeably less than previous generations?
     
  11. kazmac macrumors 603

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    From what I remember, it was about 7-8 hours for me until the battery bug kicked in about 11 months in. Then it declined (though it was still better than the battery life on my initial 7+ which was 5 hours with just about everything shut off - no locations, WiFi, bluetooth, background app refresh, etc.)
     
  12. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

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    The cursor moving is so much better than using the magnify glass movement. I honestly use the cursor moving feature all the time. It's a great feature and it seems many don't know about it.
     
  13. Gathomblipoob macrumors 601

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    I keep forgetting about that feature, though I do use 3D Touch quite a bit.
     
  14. nburwell macrumors 601

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    While I enjoy 3D Touch, for me, I do not believe it is a "must have" feature. I have both the 6s Plus and SE and I can tell you that I really do not miss 3D Touch when I'm using my SE. I do like the shortcuts to launching the messages app or the "peak" and "pop" when on Twitter. But again, it's certainly not a groundbreaking feature, and I would be okay without it.
     
  15. itsmilo macrumors 68020

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    3D Touch failed me cuz i lived 5 iPhone generations without it so it doesnt really fit into my work flow that became kind of a habit. Not seening when it does or doesnt work isnt helping its cause.


    Not being supported by all their devices (iPad) hinders it adaptation too imo
     
  16. Woodstockie macrumors member

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    I use 3D touch on a daily basis. I really like it gives you quick access. I have for example an app that can open certain apps through the 3D touch shortcut. Handy when you want to access apps that are in folders.

    When I moved from a 5S to the 6/6S, I had a hard time with the format and how thin it was. Now, it is not an issue.
     

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