Goodbye 3D Touch! iPhone’s Latest Lineup Adopts Haptic Touch

Apple has officially abandoned 3D Touch, the pressure-sensitive technology that first debuted on iPhone 6s in 2015. Its latest iPhone models iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro, and iPhone 11 Pro Max, launched in September of 2019, features the Haptic Touch technology. The killing of 3D Touch has surprised no one. Before the release of the latest lineup, there were plenty of reports that suggested that Apple intended to replace it. In 2018, the launch of the iPhone XR with Haptic Touch was the first move towards that. 

What is Haptic Touch?  

On its iPhone 11 Pro’s product page, Apple states, “Haptic Touch lets you do things faster, like take selfies without launching the Camera app.” 

Haptic Touch, a software-based technology, is basically a long-press. It responds to how long you hold down the screen using your finger, instead of responding to how hard you press down on the screen. And, when you long-press on the screen, you will receive an acknowledgment in the form of slight vibration, and a shortcut will open.   

With Haptic Touch, you can access the torch and camera shortcut buttons on the lock screen. As Apple reveals on its product page, you can quickly take a selfie without opening the camera app. It also lets you preview messages, reply to notifications, as well as activate the Live Photo movement. You can activate the extra features in the Control Center as well. And, you can long-press on the keyboard’s space bar and turn the keyboard into a trackpad. Haptic Touch lets you do a lot more just through the touch-and-hold gesture. 

You can adjust the amount of time needed to activate the Haptic Touch feature. Go to the Settings option on the iPhone, and then Accessibility, Touch, and Haptic Touch. After that, under Touch Duration, you can choose between Fast or Slow activation. 

Haptic Touch vs. 3D Touch

The ditching of 3D Touch and the adoption of Haptic Touch might have surprised no one, but it has disappointed some iPhone enthusiasts. They still swear by it and complain that Haptic Touch works a lot slower than 3D Touch. However, there are others who believe that doing away with 3D Touch makes no difference, as not many iPhone users were aware of it. Haptic Touch is not very different from 3D Touch, as it, too, serves the same purpose — to make it easier to operate the iPhone.  

However, there is a big difference between 3D Touch and Haptic Touch when it comes to how they work. With 3D Touch, you have to apply pressure on your iPhone’s screen for the popups to appear or apps to open up. Haptic Touch, on the other hand, does not react to pressure. It works when you long-press on the screen.

The other difference is that on the iPhone featuring 3D Touch, you can press anywhere on the keyboard to turn it into a cursor. But, with Haptic Touch, you have to use your touch-and-hold gesture on the keyboard’s space bar to turn it into the trackpad. Moreover, the 3D Touch feature offers multiple levels of responsiveness because of the pressure sensitivity. You will not find that with Haptic Touch.   

 iPhone Models with Haptic Touch

  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XR

Bottom Line

Haptic Touch is here to stay and is most likely to become the standard. Apple is unlikely to bring back 3D Touch in the future iPhone models. In case, the Haptic Touch featureon your iPhone becomes defective or does not work properly, take the help of a trusted iPhone repair center’s technician to fix the problem.

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