- Currently, iPads do not have 3D Touch, which is a feature available on certain iPhone models.
- However, some of the key features associated with 3D Touch are already available on the iPad, such as being able to press and hold an icon to see a pop-up menu.
- It’s likely that 3D Touch will be phased out of iOS devices completely because the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro have Haptic Touch instead.
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No iPad model has 3D Touch, which is a feature that is only available on select iPhone models. Although the iPad doesn’t have 3D Touch, recent updates have given the iPad most of the functionality of 3D Touch, without needing the actual 3D Touch software technology.
3D Touch, also sometimes called Force Touch, is a feature that allows you to complete various tasks by using various levels of finger pressure. On some iPhone models, for example, some app icons respond differently to being pressed harder (called a “deep” press) than pressed softly.
This works because your screen flexes slightly under pressure, which your iPhone can then interpret as different kinds of touch. It’s likely that the iPad does not support 3D Touch because flex can’t be accurately measured on the tablet’s much larger screen.
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iPads don’t have 3D Touch — here are the iOS devices that do
Apple introduced 3D Touch with the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus and has included it with most models through the iPhone X series. Here are the models that come with 3D Touch:
- iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus
- iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus
- iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus
- iPhone X, iPhone XS, and iPhone XS Max
However, the iPhone XR and all iPhone 11 models do not have this capability.
How to use the semi-equivalent of 3D Touch on an iPad
It appears that Apple is moving away from 3D Touch technology, and has implemented the equivalent of 3D Touch as simply “long” presses on the latest iPhones and the iPad.
To do this, tap and hold an icon on your iPad. After a moment, a menu will appear — this is the menu that previously appeared with a “deep” press on a 3D Touch iPhone.
Continue holding the icon, and the menu will disappear and the iPad will do its usual “wiggle mode,” which allows you to move or delete apps.
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