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gronostaj217817dLong press is slow and unnatural and they wanted to replace it.
Touchscreens have two disadvantages compared to other input devices: limited haptic feedback and limited number of possible interactions. The latter one was worked around with long presses, but it's not something common in nature and it slows you down. 3D Touch is quick, has distinct haptic feedback and it's kind of natural - sometimes you have to press things harder outside of digital interfaces.
Adding a third interaction method wouldn't fix drawbacks of long presses and it could also not work very well because it's too many for average Joe. Most people ignore the wheel button on a standard PC mouse despite it being quite useful.
3D touch wasn't really very accessible. You'd have to provide alternatives to every feature you build on top of 3D touch in this case
C0D45706317dBut you can long press on a text box and bring up the copy/paste menu.
- Sent from iPhone XR 😅
neriald107417dBest use of force touch imo is when you do it on keyboard and it allows you to move the thingy the thingy damn I forgot it’s name the blinking typing thingy. So sad new versions don’t have it.