STATES CHRONICLE – Apple’s marketing lingo on how the new 3D touch works can be confusing with all the Peeks, Pops and Quick Actions. But a better approach to understanding the potential of the technology available on the latest iPhones is to find good examples to illustrate it.
Reading on a mobile device is one of the activities that are now significantly improved. Until now, the kind of reading that you do with a book – including the highlighting and the scribbling – was virtually impossible on a phone.
Come iOS 9 and that painful process of having to go through countless taps, drags and waiting before selecting a fragment of text is replaced with a very intuitive action: just press firmly on the screen and swipe across the letters. Et voilà, you’ve got your text highlighted!
Apple was experimenting with 3D touch even before the new operating system; let’s not forget that you could already press extra-hard on your iPhone screen to see the definition of a word, for example. But considering how far the tech inside 3D touch is, that was just the tip of the iceberg.
A lot of potential customers were blinded by all the flash and fuss that usually surrounds a new Apple launch, but the fact that iPhone 6S has a pressure-sensitive display is not something to be easily swept under the rug. According to Apple, the new iPhone screens have an incredible response time due to their high sensitivity to touch.
Ever since multitouch made its way into our pockets, developers have been working hard to come up with an invention to match it. But look no more, because 3D touch could be just that, attempting to bring the glorified right-click into mobile.
What 3D touch has done is give the user much more natural control over what happens on the screen. Until now, tapping the screen instantly did something to the thing under your thumb, but with differentiating selection and manipulation, Apple has given us a lot more to work with.
But when it comes to translating this philosophical and theoretical view into reality, all that users really want to know is how 3D touch changes the way they use their iPhones. Rest assured, developers are also scratching their head on the matter, and some are already tapping into the vast possibilities.
The most important innovation will be in basic selection, but much more is about to change with this entirely new dimension of expressiveness. Window management is also a field that expects improvement from this technology, considering that we need new ways to deal with a dozen apps running at once.
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