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At this point, it’s pretty much a given that the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus will feature some type of Force Touch implementation. Rumors have been going around, analysts have hinted to it, code has been discovered, and parts have leaked out that hint to the inclusion of the new  technology.

What hasn’t been as clear is how the adaption of Force Touch will work on a device like an iPhone. For the Apple Watch, Force Touch was pretty much a necessity given that device’s diminutive size and limited input options. For the iPhone, a device with way more screen real estate, the implementation of Force Touch can potentially take on many angles.

Earlier Today, 9to5Mac’s well-connected blogger Mark Gurman provided some additional details on what to expect from Apple’s first usage of Force Touch in its primary money maker. Apparently, Force Touch will actually be branded as the 3D Touch Display, and will include not just two levels of pressure sensitivity—but three.

The Apple Watch, a product in which Force Touch technology debuted, features two levels of pressure sensitivity—a basic tap and a firmer  deep press. According to Gurman’s report, the next-gen iPhones will build on this technology, introducing a third layer of pressure sensitivity. It’s being described as “a tap, a press, and a deeper press”.

With such nuanced pressure sensitivity comes the ability for deeper interactivity. As we described in an earlier post, the appearance of pressure sensitivity, or 3D Touch as it’s said to be called, can add a new dimension to app development and overall iOS interface interaction.

Here are some of the additional features that a 3D Touch Display may bring to the table:

  • No additional user interface as with the subtle integration on the new MacBooks.
  • A user interface that appears surrounding the finger where the Force Touch gesture is conducted.
  • A shortcut list toward the bottom of the display akin to a typical options list across iOS.

And who knows, maybe there will be a public API that developers can use to implement 3D Touch into their apps and games.

3D Touch, in addition to another feature that began on the Apple Watch—Taptic feedback—will usher in a brand new sensory experience for new iPhone owners.

Of course, all will be revealed and fully clarified on September 9th. That’s when Apple representatives will step on stage at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium and spill all of the precious details about the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

Until then, what are your thoughts on this deeper version of Force Touch? And what do you think about the name 3D Touch?

Source: 9to5Mac

  • George

    Hahahahahah, that’s worse than force touch. What the hell are they doing?

    • Andrew

      How is it worse? And what’s wrong with Force Touch to begin with?

      • Too complicated my dude. Too much going on.

      • Mark

        Too complicated to press down instead of touching?

      • jaysoncopes

        More like “what the heck is the difference between a ‘firm press’ and a ‘deep press’?” for every user past the age of 30.

      • Manuel Molina

        ^^^^ what he said 🙂

        Force touch seems pointless on a phone. On a Mac, I guess it’s cool. On a phone? I think this might give me reason not to update my phone.

      • SkyFall

        That’s what they said about fingerprint scanners and nowadays it is used in most smartphones.

      • Manuel Molina

        Would you be able to find an article that says such a thing about fingerprint scanners? I can only say that scanners become popular because of Apple. Monkey See, Samsung Do as the saying goes.

      • Don Walker II

        I’m well under 30, and Force Touch on the Macbook trackpad is not pleasant; annoying is probably the right word. It is also unfortunate that there is no alternative…

      • When they added an even deeper touchdown. It’s too many functions to remember per app

      • Jake Platt

        I agree with this. I often forget that I even have the force touch feature on my 2015 MacBook, therefore probably miss out on a lot of features and shortcuts.

      • raulortiz318

        I think the potential shortcuts and extra UI functions will be more used by power users.

        Where I think most people will use it is in games, music software, and art software. Here are a few possible uses…

        Games – Driving games could benefit. Press harder on the gas pedal to go faster, lighten up your press to ease up. Slam on the brakes with a hard press, or tap light for a smoother brake. Basically this could potentially feel like the difference between digital and analog gamepads. What is being added here is depth in control.

        Music software – This is an easy one. Drum pads. iPads are increasingly being used as midi sequencers and performance tools, so now you can control velocity, the loudness and strength of hits as you press harder. Software pianos can play appropriate samples as you play “louder.”

        Art software – We’ve seen this in the Wacom tablets, the Surface, and it will be great on iPhone. Push harder for a thicker brush, lighter for a thinner, more detailed brush. This I think will really be nice on the larger iPad.

        I’m really excited to see what developers do with this new input. I don’t see every app using it, nor should they, but there is potential for a whole new range of use cases that we haven’t thought of yet.

        I’m stoked!

      • Keith

        People these days are scare to use their brains. Learning something new scares the soul out of them.

    • Jason Baroni

      I don’t even know how you guys can judge something based on basic information like leaks and rumors.
      Come on! Let the company present the technology, let’s have a hands on and then judge it.

      • Vince Reedy

        That would make too much sense. It’s much easier to just make snap judgments with zero information.

      • steiney

        I’m gonna go ahead, right here and now, and declare that all forthcoming apple products are terrible until proven otherwise!!!

      • rockdude094

        Cuz its a bunch of marketing bs

      • George

        Because every company that has ever called any feature on their phone as 3D has been shitted on. Why does apple get a pass?

      • Rowan09

        What? They aren’t making three dimensional picture on the iPhone, this involves touch only.

      • George

        Yeah I know that, the name is ridiculous, how they went from force touch to 3D touch.

      • Jason Baroni

        The iPod would be a flop. The iPad would be a flop. The Apple Watch would be a flop. The new Macbook would be a flop. The Touch ID and Siri were meant to be a flop, too.

    • Julioe Herzandes

      Hahahahahah, you’re such a dumbass motherfucker. Come at me, bitch nigga.

      • George

        I’d like to see you use that word outside of the internet you piece of shit.

  • Andrew

    Though I’m looking forward to Force Touch – er… 3D Touch – I’m surprised if Apple doesn’t use one name across all devices. Kinda tears a bit of a hole in the whole continuity-throughout-the-whole-ecosystem thing.

    • techfreak23

      True. They do like to keep consistent names across their products. Technically, the Force Touch Trackpads now have 3 levels of pressure; the single tap, the single click (which accomplishes the same as the tap), and the deep press. Why wasn’t that called the 3D Touch Trackpad if that is the logic…?

      • Shadowelite123

        Well that’s because when you first get a new MacBook, they come without tap click enabled, or at least usually.

      • techfreak23

        That is true, but it doesn’t change my point. There are varying levels of sensitivity on the trackpad, so there is no sensible reason for Apple to want to differentiate the iPhone Force Touch technology and add a level of confusion to their marketing terms.

      • :D

        I think it’s even more than that. Try using force touch on the fast forward and rewind buttons in QuickTime and you’ll see what I mean. I guess it’s just down to developers to make use of however many levels of pressure the trackpad can register.

      • techfreak23

        I’ve used it before many times. To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of the trackpads, most because of how sensitive it is even at the firmest setting. Sometimes, I’ll be tracking across the surface and my finger will stick or not slide as smoothly causing an inadvertent click. Hopefully I don’t feel the same on the next iPhone…

  • techfreak23

    They will probably wait to implement this feature with a public API until 9.1 or later update, which means it will probably only be available on the in-house designed apps. There’s just not enough time with the current developer tools to think of a proper implementation for current 3rd party apps. Hopefully, we won’t have to wait until iOS 10 for the opportunity…

  • Jamessmooth

    This gets me even more excited. Well done conducting the hype train, apple.

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  • Andrew

    What a stupid name.

    • Julioe Herzandes

      Andrew is a stupid name? Yes I agree with you. You stupid motherfucker. Come at me, bitch nigga.

  • Alberto Espinal

    When they introduced Touch ID every hater said it was a gimmick, now everyone wants to implement it, now with Force Touch its the same, the engineers on IDB comments talking trash again, and they can’t even get a job in Best Buy

    • Still a gimmick to me and I have an Apple Watch, hardly use force touch on it. Until all applications are updated to allow a real use for this technology it just isn’t needed. And even Apple hasn’t updated all their applications to use it so you can tell it’s on their minds to get out a new thing but that’s only half the battle. Sadly they are still updating Touch ID in every device release because that isn’t working 100% either. It’s a long process so while some scream Force Touch is amazing there are others who are smart and can think for themselves saying it isn’t as great as it’s made out to be… hype train!!

      • Rowan09

        Nothing works 100% of the time, they improve it for security and efficiency.

      • Do you not change your Apple Watch watch face? There’s loads of uses for force touch on the Apple Watch…

      • Nope, changed it soon as I got it. Same face that never changes because the faces they have are pretty dismal.

  • askep3

    How is it more complicated, it will be intuitive, the deeper you press, the more options there will be.

    Edit: options will pop up that you can choose from.

    • Precisely. It’s like a long press only it senses depth (how firmly you press). How is this complicated and how is it a gimmick?

      • askep3

        And I just remembered, what about multi touch gestures for iPad? They are complicated at first but once you learn them everything is very fast and you can flow from one app to another.

    • Don Walker II

      If I deep press and break my screen, does it activate my AppleCare plan?

      • askep3

        I see what you’re saying, people can walk in and say , “force touch broke my screen.” But I think they are going to make the screens stronger.

  • Eliijah Moss

    I bet half of the people complaining in the comment section, are the ones who stay in line for apples new devices and sells them on the black market. Probably not, but it’s a 50/50 deal…

  • “Force Touch will actually be branded as the 3D Touch Display, and will include not just two levels of pressure sensitivity—but three.”

    Huh? Wonder how the re-branded digitizer input would work for drawing/sketching with the limited number of pressure sensitivity points…we shall see soon enough.

    • askep3

      I think for apps and games there are infinite levels of pressure points, and for basic iOS UI there are three just for ease of use, because even in the MacBook, there are only two levels, but if you go into video app and fast forward a video, the harder you press the faster you fast forward.

  • Mohammad Ridwan

    I’m sure some one will bring a jailbreak tweak that will bring ‘Force Touch’ to non-force touch hardware with tap and hold.

  • Keith

    I remember rumors a while back saying they were making a 3d display. I guess it’s this and not the iMax 3d I was thinking.

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  • therealjjohnson

    Firm press, deep press, and what we do right now is the long press. It seems like a bit much.