Following its debut on iPhone 6s in September 2016, 3D Touch has since been a regular feature of all iPhone models, except the inexpensive iPhone SE and the new iPhone XR. As useful as it is, 3D Touch could be completely phased out or replaced with Haptic Touch across Apple’s 2019 iPhone lineup.
In yet another possible sign that Apple may be getting rid of dedicated 3D Touch hardware soon, the company has confirmed it’s planning to extend support for Haptic Touch, iPhone XR’s 3D Touch replacement.
In another sign that Apple could in fact nix 3D Touch from 2019’s iPhone lineup, iDownloadBlog has discovered that iOS 12 provides a handy replacement gesture for clearing all alerts on devices without 3D Touch.
If you have an older iPhone, you’ll love iOS 12. Not only does it make launching apps, getting to the Lock screen camera and performing other operations noticeably faster than before, it also lets you position the cursor and select text with precision using keyboard trackpad mode on iPhones without 3D Touch. Here’s how to use this time-saving feature right now.
Your iPhone and iPad can automatically identify and interpret QR codes seen through the viewfinder. With iOS 12, you can also get to code scanning via a new Control Center toggle or a 3D Touch shortcut.
iOS 12 brings turning the system keyboard into a virtual trackpad to non-3D Touch devices!. This lets you move the cursor and select text with precision even on older hardware, like iPhones 5s or the sixth-generation iPod touch.