Apple is trying to popularise the concept of a pressure-sensitive display in the latest iPhone 6s series. Apple refers to its “3D Touch” technology as the ‘next generation of Multi-Touch’ and an entirely new way to interact with your phone. The idea is that by determining how hard you are pressing on your screen, an app will give you different functionality.
One of the first companies to announce such a device was Huawei with its Mate S smartphone, where it famously weighed an orange on its announcement last September at the IFA tradeshow in Berlin. There are now rumours of others coming to the table with this functionality, as The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Samsung will introduce a pressure-sensitive screen in the Galaxy S7 series.
Given that this feature is likely to become a big marketing point as new smartphones incorporate it, we wanted ask our readers whether it is something you will find genuinely useful? There is a chance we might see it in an upcoming Sony Xperia device, but would its inclusion (or omission) affect your purchasing decision? Personally, for us it doesn’t appear that there is a killer feature for such functionality right now so we’re indifferent, but we’d love to hear your thoughts below.