Did you think the multi-touch feature in your smartphone was awesome? Gear up as Apple changes your perception of multi-touch altogether. For the very first time, iPhones will feature 3-dimensional touch screen technology that can sense the depth of your touch. This will be made possible by measuring the amount of pressure that your finger applies on the screen. Thus, in addition to sliding your fingers on the screen, you can now adjust your finger pressure for additional functions. What is even more exciting is that the iPhone itself will respond with “subtle taps” so you can feel your touch.
Apple’s flagship technology, the 3D touch, as they like to call it, has already been tested on the MacBook Trackpad and the Apple Watch. However, this time around an entirely different software implementation of the 3D touch technology will be introduced in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s plus. This will significantly improve the 3D touch response and will completely overhaul the feel as well.
This technology will enable a host of new, user-friendly features to the two latest members of the iPhone series along with the already existing multi-touch that allowed users to “tap, swipe and pinch”. One of such features is the ‘peek and pop’. Peek and pop allow users to view any kind of content and act on it with a tap while pressing a little deeper can open it. This way you can preview any content like pictures, messages, e-mail, videos etc. with a light touch and resume your activity just by releasing it. Some Home screen shortcuts have also been facilitated by this technology. Deep pressing the ‘Phone Icon’ can bring up the ‘favourite contacts’ menu while pressing on the left side of home screen unleashes the multitasking view. Hard touch on the keyboard turns it into a trackpad that moves the cursor.
Originally called the ‘Force touch’, the technology was reinvented and renamed as ‘3D Touch’ by Apple. And apt name as the Touch is truly extended beyond the two dimensions. It is “the next generation of multi-touch”, says Craig Federighi, Senior Vice President of Software Engineering and Phil Schiller, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing of Apple Inc. With this, both the iPhone 6s and the 6s Plus transcends into a whole different level of touch technology. It’s only a matter of time before we know just how well it fits in with users. So stay tuned…..