Hello, my name is Thomas Ricker and I’m a Force Touch addict.
I’ve been using a MacBook for about a month now. You know, the tiny one with a single USB-C jack and the Force Touch trackpad. As my primary writing device, this heavily compromised laptop is perfect for my modest needs. But I didn't expect it to change my expectations of how a touchpad should work.
With the new MacBook I Force click images and files to see larger previews. I Force click words to get definitions and synonyms. I Force click to quickly rename files or to fast forward and rewind videos with pressure-sensitive control. And I especially enjoy Force clicking links to get a preview of a web page without opening a new tab. It’s pretty magical, really, when you consider the whole thing is accomplished with electromechanical vibrations. Which reminds me: where’s the Apple Magic Forcepad?
Each time I sit down at my iMac I find myself trying to Force click on the Magic Trackpad. Same goes with the Logitech Touchpad T650 I use for my Windows 10 machine. Same goes for the touchpad on my wife’s laptop. I can’t stop Force clicking things.
I imagine Apple Watch users experience this too, but it’ll have an even greater effect on iPhone 6S and 6S Plus owners. After getting hooked on 3D Touch as we did in our reviews, new iPhone users will expect all smartphones to operate the same, just as any smartphone is expected to support multitouch today. Going by last year’s iPhone sales trajectory, there could be 150 million people trying to deep press on rigid glass displays by the time Christmas and the Chinese New Year are through.
Now that’s influence, or "justified bias" if you prefer.
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