Why 3D Touch isn’t touching me

I may be a writer but there are times I hate to read

April 25, 2016, India

A few months ago, my 2 year old iPhone 5 unexpectedly went into a coma. The Apple dealer said its display had failed, and the the only cure was a new iPhone 5. To cut a long story short, I went over to the Android side for a while, before unexpectedly ending up with the iPhone 6S+.

To touch or not to touch

It also has the revolutionary 3D Touch, which I haven’t touched too much, to be honest. Somehow it adds a level of complication for me, as I can never recall if the command I want is the first, second, third or fourth in the pop up list.

Mind mapped icons

I find it easier to tap on the camera icon, blindly go to the top right corner and tap on the camera icon there, which flips the camera into selfie mode.

Basically 3D Touch is more wordy than graphic, and that’s not working for me.

Where 3D Touch is handy

The Killer that wasn’t

Google gets it

Contrast this with Apple’s new weather icon. The 3D Touch pop up gives me three commands. It’s good, but I still have to read and choose.

Can 3D be salvaged?

Technically impossible? I don’t think so. I use the Assistive Touch icon on my iPhone, and Apple let me customise the commands that pop up, so I could add ‘Multitasking’ in it.

(Why would I want to do that when I can easily double click? Because double click is a mechanical function, and the wear and tear caused the home button on my iPhone 4 to fail. Yup, it only happens to me.)

The Ghost of Steve Jobs

So Apple, can I get it tomorrow? Impossible?

Careful, Steve Jobs’ ghost may return to tell you that impossible is a non-existent word.

it’s an odd world

it’s an odd world