Apple Is Officially Dropping Force Touch With watchOS 7

published 26.06.2020 00:25

by Oliver Haslam from redmondpie.com

Apple debuted watchOS 7 during its WWDC opening keynote this past Monday and there is one change that didn’t get a lot of attention – Apple is killing off Force Touch.

As people with watchOS 7 installed have begun to notice, Force Touch is no longer working which would suggest that the upcoming Apple Watch Series 6 will also nix the feature.

Apple has also updated its Human Interface Guidelines document to reflect the change, with developers told that Force Touch is now replaced with a long press.

In versions of watchOS before ‌watchOS 7‌, people could press firmly on the display to do things like change the watch face or reveal a hidden menu called a Force Touch menu.

We don’t yet know why Apple took the decision to kill 3D Touch and Force Touch, but it does mean there are fewer layers involved when Apple needs to spec out and then build its screens.