Unpopular opinion: I really like the 3D touch on iPhone.
It introduced pressure sensitive screen technology in the iPhone 6S in 2015 as an evolution of multi-touch. Apple executives commented that pressing harder on the screen would add a new dimension to the touch and slide.
In light of the multiple reports that claim that Apple will kill 3D Touch on all three iPhones this year. Most people have no idea what 3D Touch is or if it exists on their iPhones.
When you press hard on the icon of an application to bring up a "Quick Actions" menu of shortcuts or hyperlinks or thumbnails with pressure to "look" (preview) and "pop" (expand) the content seemed little more than a novel trick.
Both beginners and experts seem to agree that 3D Touch is no deeper than right-clicking on a computer or long pressing the touch screen.
Not to mention that people hate the learning curve that comes with 3D Touch. You must first discover where it can be used (something that is often not obvious) and then see if it's really a more useful or faster way of doing something.
But here is the thing about 3D Touch
People refuse to understand: you have to hug her and, most importantly, stick with her. That is difficult for many people because change scares and requires work.
Once you stopped thinking of 3D Touch as a trick and practiced its use (yes, I needed to get used to things with 3D Touching), You will begin to discover more places to use it.
The central point of 3D Touch
You can use it to do more than you can with a long press, and do things without having to lift your finger from the screen.
This is great for people who like to use their iPhones with one hand.
For example, a long press on a live photo within an iMessage shows Tapbacks and three options (Copy, Save and More …). OK, simple enough.
You still get these options
If you press a live photo on an iPhone that has 3D Touch, but you also get some more options.
Press with a little more force (it is not really necessary to press very hard) allows you to play the short video embedded in the "peek" mode, then "open it" to expand it Y then easily access iOS "share sheet" to do things like AirDrop or share it in another application.
To do the same on an iPhone without 3D Touch it would be necessary to touch the live photo, then press it for a long time to play the video and then touch again to access the shared sheet.
The iPhone XR
It has a function called Haptic Touch, which is similar to 3D Touch, but it is not the same.
While 3D Touch is based on pressure, Haptic Touch is just a long press with a vibration. You do not need to press harder to activate Haptic Touch.
For most iPhone users
The difference between 3D Touch and Haptic Touch is negligible. Not however is a difference and that Touch 3D will be lost if Apple really deprives it of new iPhones.
Some ways in which 3D Touch is better: vibratory feedback is stronger and more satisfactory for the press, and 3D Touch is also noticeably faster than Haptic Touch.
On iOS 13
Apple apparently replaced all 3D Touch functions with Haptic Touch. For example, instead of instantly displaying a ?Quick Action? menu as with 3D Touch, there is a short delay (one that you can see) after the vibration is activated.
On the one hand, it's great that Apple brings 3D Touch features like Quick Actions and Peek (not Pop) to the iPhone XR and iPad.
For me, 3D Touch is really useful and will not be a big change, and I have realized that I am one of the few people who likes to use 3D Touch, but I have not always liked it