iOS 13 has been a jar of cold water for the fans of 3D Touch . The feature introduced by Apple with the iPhone 6s to put pressure on the screen and get a context menu seems to have its days numbered and with the iPhone XR not included and the changes in iOS 13 everything indicated that its end was near. A possible email from the iOS manager at Apple still gives hope.
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A Twitter user recently sent an email to Craig Federighi. Surprising as it may seem, from time to time he seems to reply to users who email him. It happened this time. The user asked him specifically about how the icons in iOS 13 no longer have 3D Touch , but a long touch. Craig’s answer:
If the email is true, it may mean that Apple is not planning to end 3D Touch in this version of iOS . And, possibly, neither in the iPhone that will arrive this year.
Apple creates it and Apple takes it away. In recent years, the company has created, in addition to the 3D Touch, another feature to open contextual menus on the iPhone: Haptic Touch . In both cases the haptic vibration of the device is used to simulate a touch. The difference is that one uses the pressure detected on the screen and the other only the time that an area of the screen is held. The iPhone XR is the first to use this second function.
The advantage of this change? Now we have the shares in the icons on the iPad as well.
One step back? For many users it is, as removing the pressure sensor from the display gives the impression that it is inferior to others. Actually the only difference is that in one you have to force it and in the other you have to wait a few extra milliseconds .
With iOS 13 modifying various 3D Touch features on the iPhone and bringing various 3D Touch features via long presses to other devices such as the iPad… There are clues to what’s to come. E n many occasions the WWDC is only the first part of a story that has just been told in September, with the presentation of new devices. We will then see whether or not the iPhones of the future keep the 3D Touch.