“Last week Bloomberg reported Apple had begun ramping up production on the company’s next-generation iPhone, which includes a new feature called Force Touch,” Jason Cipriani reports for Fortune.
“Fortune talked to Greg Pierce, an iOS developer and President of Agile Tortoise, about what this new feature could mean for Apple users,” Cipriani reports. “Despite potential gains, the technology faces problems with discoverability, which refers to how easy it is for consumers to discover and use a new feature, he says. He later explained that, ‘…because Force Touch gestures are invisible to users, it will be difficult to make use of the feature in a way that is not also available via a button, menu, or other on screen element.”'”
“With Force Touch technology already present in other Mac products, are users now being taught how to intuitively use Force Touch-like interaction?” Cipriani reports. “It certainly appears so.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Yes with Apple Watch, Force Touch is completely invisible (just as simple taps are, BTW). The user has to know, and remember, to invoke Force Touch. For a week or so with our new Apple Watches, we simply Force Touched everything in order to discover features. Now, over two and a half months later, using Force Touch has long ago become second nature.
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