I agree to a certain extent with the OP. I think a better example is the Home.app the iPad. Here is a video I made really quick. Notice the slight hesitation and wobble? That is Apple intentionally making a long press look and feel like a 3D touch press. I used the Home app for while before it dawned on me that an iPad doesn't have 3D touch. That said, 3D touch/Force Touch/whatever is NOT the same as a long press. First and most obviously a 3D touch doesn't need to be "long". Long presses are inherently a slow interaction and usually avoid in GUI where it can be. Secondly, 3D touch has layers. Its hard to describe so I'll just go with soft, medium and hard. So medium press a link in safari and you can preview the webpage, push harder and it pops to full screen. You can hold the medium pressure to see the preview and release it to not goto the link. Clearly a long press is incapable of that. If you only look at from the surface for things that a long press can do then you aren't familiar with what 3D touch can do. Another example, photos. From the album press a photo with medium pressure, you get a preview, swipe up with that pressure and you can copy, share, delete, etc press harder and it pops into full view. This is nice because you can quickly find and share photos without swiping through all of them in full screen or whatever.