Will 3D Touch ever catch on?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by bammargera3176, Sep 17, 2016.


What feature do you like the most?

  1. 3D touch

    20 vote(s)
  2. fingerprint sensor

    97 vote(s)
  3. Siri

    7 vote(s)
  1. bammargera3176 macrumors member

    Oct 16, 2015
    I say this because i remember siri being as the new thing back with the 4S. it was the new feature that apple thought was going to change the phone and how we use it. how many of you can honestly say that siri has changed your phone user experience? i would say not too many. the next S -tweak was the fingerprint sensor. I can say without a doubt that for what the sensor is set out to do, it does it very well. that was a meaningful upgrade to the phone and it has eased the process of security and logging onto your phone. now to the 3D touch, i know its only been a year or so, and I'm talking specifically about using it on the iPhone, how many of you use 3D touch all the time and find it useful? half the time i am using it, i am accidentally pressing too hard on my phone, and sometimes it thinks I'm trying to use 3D touch or sometimes it thinks I'm just holding onto a button or an app to delete it, and there is a cross mix between what the phone thinks I'm doing with my specific touch and what I'm actually doing or if what I'm doing is a mistakenly too hard press but the phone isn't smart enough to realize that. call me a cynic, but i just don't see 3D touch going anywhere really. not many apps take advantage of it, and now only is apple letting siri to get taken advantage of with 3D apps via third parties. but that is FOUR years later where its seemed to have finally gotten to a stage where it will break through. call me crazy, but if apple needs to take another 4 years for 3D touch to finally break through and make a meaningful difference in the user experience, thats a failure.

    fingerprint sensor > Siri > 3D touch
  2. NewtonPippin macrumors regular

    Jan 18, 2015
  3. Elisha macrumors 6502a


    Nov 21, 2006
  4. woodynorman macrumors 6502a

    Nov 26, 2011
    Good question. Today I just got my first iPhone with 3D Touch (6Splus) and am still trying to figure it out. It took me a little while to figure out how to delete an app vs 3D touching it. Ive used it to reply to text messages, but thats about it. Cant wait to discover more things that it does.
  5. HellasLEAF macrumors regular


    Aug 9, 2009
    Don't use siri or push touch, although I admire the tech n'all
  6. dannyyankou macrumors G3


    Mar 2, 2012
    Scarsdale, NY
  7. Steve686 macrumors 68040


    Nov 13, 2007
    US>FL>Miami/Dade>Sunny Isles Beach>Condo
    Just one instance of positivity is that it has eliminated a button that would tend to get gunk stuck in it and also would wear over the course of thousands of clicks. My 6sPlus button has lost its definitive 'pop'.
  8. i hate phones macrumors 6502a

    Jul 5, 2010
    Philly Suburbs, PA
    I like the 3D Touch... problem is I always forget it's even there, so I don't use it much. Just can't seem to make it a habit.
  9. applefanboy4 macrumors regular

    Apr 9, 2015
    I think it already has. Its a small feature, but i was showing my mom how to do something on her iPhone 5, and it felt really odd and almost paralyzing to not have 3D touch to do things. How do you do this or open this, without 3D touch its a different experience completely. We use it all the time on the newer devices but I dont think we realize it. its already integrated
  10. blackoutz macrumors member


    Oct 12, 2015
    To me 3D touch is a useless gimmick. For example the peek gesture is useless when my fat finger blocks the content. So is the force touch trackpad where it simply replicates the functions of three finger tap. That's one of the reason why I didn't upgrade to the 6s. I don't think apple has made a convincing argument in iOS 10 either but I do see they are pushing it hard, I.e. the notification in iOS 10.
  11. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    I have a SE so don't have 3D touch but have certainly tried it out. I agree with your hierarchy of usefulness, as it were. Touch ID is probably the biggest improvement to the iphone since the retina display. Between unlocking the phone, logging into apps, and apple pay, it's changed the way I use smartphones. I do use Siri, but it's quite rare that it really saves me significant effort (which Touch ID does daily).

    as far as I've seen, 3D Touch falls into that same category with Siri: "nice to have" without changing the overall experience all that much.
  12. Ezra923 macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2012
    This is my first iphone with 3D touch and it works but it seems that when i bring down the menu to answer a text, I prefer to tap it and goto the message app but now sometimes it works but most times it forces me to use 3D touch as if it gets stuck. I am guessing it's an ios10 bug
  13. Analog Kid macrumors 601

    Analog Kid

    Mar 4, 2003
    Siri has been kind of useless on the phone, and I expect it to be more useless in OS X, but I love it on the watch.

    TouchID though? Way better than I imagined it could be.
  14. Armen macrumors 604


    Apr 30, 2013
    Los Angeles
    One of the things I was looking forward to on the 7+ was Force touch (coming from a 6+). I love shortcuts.
  15. caelius macrumors 6502


    Dec 31, 2015
    Innsbruck, Austria
    Siri: Thanks to "Hey Siri", I used it quite frequently for minor tasks. I like it.
    Touch ID: Absolutely awesome. Wouldn't want to miss it!
    3D Touch: Didn't have it before but after two days of usage, it already grew on me. It's really nice to have.

    After all, those S-features are quality of life improvements that probably don't revolutionize phones but still really make a massive difference in day-to-day life.
  16. ant69, Sep 17, 2016
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2016

    ant69 macrumors regular


    Feb 2, 2009
    I don't have an iPhone with 3D Touch yet (preordered a 7) but l love Siri. I use it all the time in the car - particularly for texting, so I can actually concentrate on the road.

  17. jkim3691 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 8, 2011
    This. I use 3D Touch ALL the time. Siri still sucks and gets what I'm trying to say wrong all the time. I don't even bother with it anymore. Not to mention "Hey Siri" takes 50 tries before I get a response. I don't think I could go back to not having 3D Touch.
  18. blwade macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2014
    Seeing the iOS 10 previews made me anticipate the 3D Touch in the 7 perhaps more so than other features (minus camera in 7+). I came from the 6+ and i look forward to learning tricks and shortcuts with the 3D Touch... perhaps I'll have a different opinion in a few weeks. We will see when I get my new phone :)
  19. damezumari macrumors member

    Dec 6, 2014
    Got my 7 on Fri (upgraded from 6). Even 6->7 feels like minor upgrade, with a number of default configuration annoyances.

    Fingerprint sensor is only useful feature in the bunch (once you configure it to fully open by resting finger on the sensor; lockscreen is change for change's sake, as you can also get to widgets by swiping left from home screen if you really want to).

    Siri I do not see the point of at all, I usually use my phone when not at home (i.o.w. in transit, around town, at office), and talking to phone to do something trivial that could be done with few hand gestures feels obnoxious and stupid.

    3d touch seems completely useless and makes rearranging apps more finicky. Its discoverability is also ******, as I am not particularly motivated to try to discover which apps / widgets within those apps actually support it.
  20. ek9max macrumors regular

    Feb 22, 2011

    I use all three quite a bit. But fingerprint most. Siri lots (my house is setup with lots of HomeKit devices). And 3D Touch I used most in the lock screen to accept calendar events or reply to messages and stuff.
  21. Hanzu Lao Suspended

    Hanzu Lao

    Aug 24, 2016
    You would be 100% right if you weren't completely wrong.
  22. yep-sure macrumors 6502


    Sep 21, 2012
    Melbourne, Australia
    Touch ID is fantastic. I couldn't go back to not having it.

    Siri is completely useless and completely unreliable. I really tried to use it on my 6S but it just makes simple tasks a lot more frustrating and cumbersome, so it's been switched off now.

    3D Touch is much better/more useful on iOS 10 than on iOS 9, but there's nothing all that great about it. Most of the time it's quicker to do things the "old" way. With that said, I do find myself going to use on the iPad Air 2 to do certain things. I would love to be able to customise what appears in the shortcut menus when you 3D touch apps, or even have it intelligently generate the list based on your usage pattern.
  23. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    Its amazing how many can't wrap their heads around Siri's usefulness, just because they don't use it.
  24. yep-sure macrumors 6502


    Sep 21, 2012
    Melbourne, Australia
    I've tried using it so many times. It just doesn't work as advertised. When it does actually understand what you're saying, it's slower and more cumbersome than just completing the task manually.
  25. Analog Kid macrumors 601

    Analog Kid

    Mar 4, 2003
    I feel like this is a problem with a lot of Apple's newer features. I don't know if it's a change in their philosophy of design, or if it's an inevitable result of making the software more capable, but I feel like it used to be that most functionality had clues in the UI that it was there and how to activate it. Now there's too many blind swipes, long presses and firm presses to activate functionality with no path to discovery, or rediscovery, other than accidentally stumbling on something.

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