The new dimension of touch
Apple introduced a feature called “Force Touch” when they launched apple watch. It was not a long press, rather it was a adding a dimension to the touch.
But since they have had a lot less screen estate to handle, it just performed basic actions like clearing all the notifications, handle music, end a workout etc. While, they were useful, they didn’t hold much significance because even the smart watch was a new technology to use for everyone.
However, when you have a bigger screens of iPhones to play with a lot can be changed. Many deemed the newly launched 3D touch as “The right click for the iPhone”. I really believe that this technology holds much more than that.
Firstly, Apple was not the first company to have the technology on the phones at least. Huawei introduced ‘Force touch’ in their premium phone Mate S. It had the functionality of Knuckle sense which allowed users to have knuckle gestures on their screens.
One of the more notable use of Huawei force touch was to behave like a scale. They weighed and orange on the stage. While it may not have any feasible daily usage but it certainly outlines the capability of the technology.
On September 9 event, Apple showed off the better implementation than Huawei’s Force touch. 3D touch has 2 layers or rather actions, one of them is-peek and the second is pop. Peek will give you a glace of something, for an example an email and pop will pop the safari browser for you.
However, these actions can be achieved by implementation of long press, the dimension given to touch can be implemented by developers in multiple ways.
For instance take the Camera app, 3D touch allows some very useful actions straight from the app icon, without opening the app. Yes, this feels like the right click. On the other hand, peek can be compared to mouse on Windows or mac taskbar. Pop is the action of switching between the application windows or the tabs.
There are actions like sharing a photo or sending a file, which requires a few clicks, the switching of the windows and apps on a smartphone at the moment. Going forward technologies like ‘Force touch’ and ‘3D touch’ would really take us in the direction of more integrated interaction with our apps.
Right now we are just looking at the default apps and actions these companies has showed off. In a year or so as more and more developers would get to try, test and implement these features, we would get a truly remarkable experience from our phones.