Slavish copier Samsung races to knock off Apple’s ‘3D Touch’ in Galaxy S7

“It may be six months before we see the Samsung Galaxy S7, but rumors are already appearing that it’ll have a screen similar to those in Apple’s new iPhones,” Scott Webster reports for CNET.

“According to an I Ice Universe account on Weibo, a popular Chinese social network, Samsung has tapped Synaptics to use its ClearForce technology to respond to various levels of screen pressure, similar to the 3D Touch on Apple’s recently launched iPhone 6S,” Webster reports.

Webster reports, “Like 3D Touch, the future S7 would provide contextual menu options in response to light and heavy screen presses.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Shameless Samsung is nothing but a den of increasingly desperate thieves.

Hopefully, Apple’s patents mean something and can protect Apple’s investments in R&D for a change.

Apple patent application reveals advanced Force Touch for the iPad – August 20, 2015
Apple’s new Force Touch patent application reveals stylus, virtual paint brush, 3D buttons interactions – May 28, 2015
Apple patent app reveals new touch display tech and a unique hybrid device for home or office – March 19, 2015
Apple patent application reveals work on Force Touch for iOS devices and more – March 5, 2015
Apple patent application details pressure-sensitive iPhone touchscreen – January 30, 2014
Apple patents accurate touch and hover panel – December 24, 2013
Apple files patent application for haptic feedback touch-based user interface – March 22, 2012

Samsung’s Galaxy S6 design looks like another iPhone knockoff – February 4, 2015
Slavish copier Samsung in talks to launch Apple Pay knockoff – December 16, 2014
Samsung to knockoff Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint scanner on Galaxy S5, sources say – February 24, 2014
Shameless Samsung’s knockoff of Apple’s Passbook goes live on some Galaxy devices – August 9, 2013
Now slavish copycat Samsung attempts to knockoff Apple’s retail stores (with video) – August 23, 2012
Samsung: Shameless slavish copiers – August 13, 2012
Apple attorney: Instead of innovating, Samsung chose to copy iPhone and iPad – July 31, 2012
Apple: Google warned Samsung against slavishly copying our products – July 25, 2012
Now Samsung slavishly copies Apple’s Mac mini – June 1, 2012
Samsung Mobile chief ‘designer’ denies that Samsung’s instinct is to slavishly copy Apple – March 23, 2012
Slavish copier Samsung shamelessly steals Apple’s iPhone 3G design – again – January 3, 2012
Slavish copier Samsung uses girl actress from iPhone 4S ad for Galaxy Tab 8.9 spot (with video) – January 2, 2012
Now Samsung’s slavishly copying Apple’s iPad television ads (with videos) – December 30, 2011
Judge: Can you tell me which is iPad and which is yours? Samsung lawyer: ‘Not at this distance your honor’ – October 14, 2011
Why are Apple’s icons on the wall of Samsung’s store? – September 24, 2011
Apple to Samsung: ‘Blatant copying is wrong’ – April 18, 2011
Apple sues Samsung for attempting to copy look and feel of iPhone, iPad – April 18, 2011
Samsung’s ‘Instinct’ is obviously to make Apple iPhone knockoffs – April 1, 2008

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Edward W.” for the heads up.]


    1. Haven’t checked into MDN in awhile. Did it change ownership? The MDN takes seem a little off. The takes seem to mimic the spirit of the old takes but don’t seem to be coming from the same person.

  1. I expect there to be zero apps that support this at launch, except perhaps for something lame whipped up by Samsung to demonstrate. Which version of Android supports this? Since it’s the lone bit of hardware to have it, I suspect there isn’t a version to support it. It’ll be on BOGO before the quarter is done.

  2. Apple says they spent years perfecting this technology, lets see how well Samsung is able to implement it in a much shorter timeframe. Besides the usual thoughts of “yet another copycat from Samsung”, I kinda expect that it will be half-heartedly implemented like their other copied features were. Touch ID anyone?

    1. Samsung isn’t perfecting anything. They are just buying ClearForce from Synaptics.
      They then need to shoehorn some software into Android to try and make it work. Not system wide, but just enough to claim that they have it on their phones.

  3. Copying going on by these IP thieves…? I’m shocked! SHOCKED!!!

    But something tells me they’re going to have a difficult time getting the hardware and software interaction just right. The GOOG still has to weight in with I/O updates to Android. This ain’t going to be so easy for Samesung.

  4. Yawn… Samsung have no choice but to copy Apple since their own attempts at innovation have been pathetic.

    It won’t help them. Apple may have largely failed to protect their patents, but the publicity around the world damaged the Samsung brand.

    Common conversation around the world:

    A: do you have an iPhone?
    B: nah, Samsung
    A: oh, sorry about that

    iPhone to iPhone calls and messages are encrypted end to end with a key to which Apple has no access. Smart iPhone users are now checking with their friends to find out if their conversations are secure. If the US authorities can tap private communications then so can the Chinese and the Russians. If you are in business and your dealings are sensitive then you need an iPhone. Others will have different reasons for wanting to keep their info private.

  5. MDN – “Hopefully, Apple’s patents mean something and can protect Apple’s investments in R&D for a change.”

    Not if Denise Cote has anything to say about it.

  6. Same nonsense from Samsung as with their attempts at coming up with an equivalent to Touch ID; that has not happened and nor will 3D Touch. Reason: At the time of Touch ID introduction, Apple inc. clearly stated that it had been some 7 years in the making; same point was made about 3D Touch, plus this is a careful orchestration and melding of hardware and software …. Good luck Samsung and any other competitor on replicating a “magical” 3D Touch experience!!

  7. So Shamsung still thinks it’s perfectly fine to copy the IPof others. Surprise, surprise! I’ve promised myself to never buy a Shamsung product ever – be it a TV, microwave or whatever. I encourage you to do the same. Shamsung are assholes!

    1. Not an easy goal when they’re one of the largest chip fabricators in the world. You’d have to stop buying almost all electronics, including all Apple products. And chips are their most profitable commodity, avoiding their appliances and other consumer products will hurt them, but only a little since they barely make any profit on them anyway.

Reader Feedback

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.