“I don’t want to say it’s easy to add pressure sensitivity to a touchscreen, because it’s not. It’s incredibly hard. Apple had to engineer a system of sensors that could accurately detect touch pressure across the face of the iPhone’s screen, and do it on a product that’s roughly the same size and weight (and exactly the same price) as its predecessor,” Jason Snell writes for Macworld. “This is tricky stuff, and while it’s stuff that Apple excels at, it’s not hard to imagine someone like Samsung coming out with a phone next year with exactly the same hardware feature.”
“But here’s the thing about Apple: The hardware isn’t enough,” Snell writes. “Holding the iPhone 6s in my hand, though, it was utterly clear that Apple had done a tremendous amount of work on the software side to take advantage of the hardware it had built. This is the stuff that separates Apple from its competition, and I can’t think of a more impressive example than 3D Touch.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Have fun trying (and failing) to knock off 3D Touch, half-assed fragmandroid peddlers.
As we wrote last week: Like Apple Watch, 3D Touch will save users bits of time throughout each day that really add up vs. those with inferior smartphones (yes, that now includes iPhone 6/Plus and older). Those with 3D Touch iPhones will be like those wearing Apple Watches: Faster and more productive than those without.
Force Touch will be more important than most people think.
And Android, littered across a veritable junkyard full of disparate devices, will not be able to follow. — MacDailyNews, February 28, 2015
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3D Touch iPhone 6s/Plus: Apple’s pressure-based screens deliver a world beyond cold glass – September 10, 2015
Engadget hands-on with iPhone 6s/Plus: Using 3D Touch feels completely natural – September 9, 2015
Apple unveils the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus with 3D Touch, Apple A9, 12MP iSight camera, 4K video and more – September 9, 2015
Apple’s new Force Touch patent application reveals stylus, virtual paint brush, 3D buttons interactions – May 28, 2015