Apple’s plan to kill the hamburger menu

“During Apple’s September event it announced a new technology called 3D Touch as part of the iPhone 6s. Apple calls it the ‘next generation of multitouch’ and it isn’t mincing words when it comes to how important it is to the future,” Owen Williams writes for TNW.

“3D Touch is an incredibly interesting technology; it offers an unprecedented new way to interact with the iPhone. On top of just gestures, it allows iPhone to sense depth of a press, which opens up new opportunities for interface design beyond simple taps and swipes,” Williams writes. “With 3D Touch, Apple is making a move that could eventually kill the convoluted, infamously confusing hamburger menu.”

“Force Touch solely helped the company avoid hamburger menus appearing anywhere in its wrist-worn interfaces from day one. With 3D Touch on iPhone, Apple is making its first moves toward killing it off on your phone, too,” Williams writes. “If Apple can train iPhone owners to use 3D Touch to reveal more options — just like on Apple Watch — it’ll be able to slowly eradicate the hamburger menu from interface design.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple Watch already has us trying to Force Touch our iPhones, so it’ll be wonderful to finally have iPhones that’ll respond to deeper presses!


  1. The hamburger menu is not going anyplace anytime soon. To obsolete a UI element that is supplanted with a hardware element means all devices that would use the old UI need be classified as unsupported by the the latest OS. Since the newest member of the iOS family (iPad pro) does not have 3D Touch and given Apples older device support history, it will be a minimum of 5 years before the hamburger menu can be obsoleted. To achieve a 5 year obsolescence window then every iOS device released in the future must be 3D Touch capable.

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