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iPhone XR lacks the 3D Touch feature but its replacement, dubbed Haptic Touch, pairs the familiar tap-and-hold gesture with the vibratory haptic feedback. Currently limited to a handful of places where 3D Touch is used, most notably the Flashlight and Camera shortcuts on your Lock screen, Haptic Touch is definitely coming to more place in iOS in the near future.

Daring Fireball’s John Gruber wrote in his own iPhone XR review that the feature does not really seem to be doing anything complicated, such as checking the surface area of the skin touching the screen to sort of fake the detection of a harder press.

Therefore, Haptic Touch is just a fancy name for the tap-and-hold + haptic feedback combo.

iPhone XR tech specs don’t even mention Haptic Touch as a 3D Touch replacement

The implementation introduces a slight delay. “Whereas on iPhone X and iPhone XS you press harder on the Flashlight or Camera lock screen shortcuts to trigger them, on the XR you just press and hold for a short moment,” Gruber wrote. “I notice the delay, but it’s not bothersome.”

Haptic Touch in its current state does not have the right equivalents to everything 3D Touch can do throughout the system. For instance, there are no Peek and Pop gestures to preview links in apps like Mail, Safari or Messages without opening the message.

From Gruber’s review:

Anywhere where a long press already has meaning, Haptic Touch can’t work—like the Home screen shortcut menus for apps. A long press on a Home screen app icon already has meaning—it puts you in the jiggly-icon mode where you can rearrange and delete apps. iOS can’t use a long press on an icon both to enter jiggly mode and to open the 3D Touch shortcut menu, so iPhone XR doesn’t offer these menus.

iPhone XR also won’t let you press the keyboard to move the cursor and select text with precision but iOS 12 saves the day by bringing this trackpad mode to non-3D Touch devices.

TUTORIAL: How to precisely select text and move the cursor without 3D Touch

To do so, simply tap and hold the Space bar key on the keyboard to enter virtual trackpad mode. Continue holding, then move the finger slightly in any direction to freely move the insertion point around. To enter text selection mode, tap on the keyboard with a second finger.

To include more or less text in your selection, simply drag the other finger across the keyboard. When finished, let go of both fingers and then tap the selection to bring up the familiar bubble menu with your Copy/Paste commands and other contextual options.

iOS 12 continues to supports the full range of virtual trackpad features afforded by 3D Touch.

It does not expand, however, 3D Touch functionality beyond a pair of new shortcuts on the Home screen. That said, iOS 12 seems to have laid the groundwork for a 3D Touch-less future. For example, 3D Touch is no longer required to clear all alerts in Notification Center.

3D Touch uses 96 pressure sensors between the display panel and backlight that add thickness, weight and cost to the display assembly. Interestingly, Apple removed unspecified 3D Touch parts from iPhone XS Max (worth about $10 per unit) without affecting functionality.

3D Touch senses how deeply you press the display

Some analysts have predicted that 3D Touch as we know it will be a goner in 2023. Be that as it may, it is nevertheless peculiar and intriguing at the same time that iPhone XR is the first new iPhone since 3D Touch was introduced not to have it (I know that iPhone SE doesn’t have it either, but iPhone SE wasn’t a brand-new phone in the same way iPhone XR is, for example).

Could all of the above be a sign of things to come?

And while we’re at it, should Apple just stick with 3D Touch and update iOS to use it in ways that go way beyond the initial rollout, do you think? Or, perhaps it should embrace an extended Haptic Touch system across the board as a viable 3D Touch replacement?

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How To Print To Pdf On Iphone With 3D Touch

You can save nearly anything as a PDF from iPhone, all it takes is using a little known 3D Touch trick available only in Sharing action menus. Essentially this trick allows you to perform the iOS equivalent of Print to PDF like you would see on desktops like a Mac or Windows PC, except it’s on the mobile iOS world and available to iPhone users with 3D Touch devices.

You can perform the Print to PDF trick in iOS from just about any app, as long as it has the Sharing button and could theoretically print from it. This includes Safari, Pages, Notes, and other apps you’d expect to have this feature in. For demonstration purposes here, we’ll walk through this with Safari where we will use the print to PDF trick on a web page.

How to Print to PDF on iPhone with 3D Touch

This trick works the same to save just about anything as a PDF by using the print function within iOS, here’s how it works:

Open Safari (or another app you want to print to PDF from) and go to what you want to save as a PDF file

Tap the Sharing action button, it looks like a square with an arrow flying out of it

Now tap on “Print”

Next, perform a 3D Touch firm press on the first page preview to access the secret print to PDF screen option, this will open into a new preview window

Again tap on the Sharing action button at this new Print to PDF screen

Choose to save or share the document as a PDF – you can print to PDF and send it through messages, email, AirDrop, copy it to your clipboard, save the printed PDF to iCloud Drive, add it to DropBox, import it into iBooks, or any of the other options available in the sharing and saving actions

Your freshly printed PDF file will be available with whatever means you shared or saved the PDF. I typically choose to print the PDF and save it into iCloud Drive, but if you plan on sending it to another person through Messages or email to get a signature on the document or something similar, or send with AirDrop from the iPhone or iPad to a Mac, you can easily do that as well.

The ability to print to PDF is very popular and widely used, so it’s a bit of a mystery as to why iOS has this feature hidden behind a secret 3D Touch gesture within the Print function, rather than available as an obvious menu item within the Print menus like Print to PDF is on a Mac. As far as I can tell, there is absolutely nothing obvious to suggest this feature exists at all and it’s basically hidden, which is a little weird given how useful it is to save things like web pages or documents as PDF files. But now that you know it exists, you can print to PDF to your hearts delight, right from your iPhone. Perhaps a future version of iOS will make this great trick a bit more obvious, we’ll see.


Iphone 3D Touch, What It Can Do And What It Can’t

What it is ?


To touch upon the sudden name change from ‘Force Touch'(on the Apple watch and Macbooks) to ‘3D Touch’, the speculation behind this shift points to a couple of reasons- ‘3D Touch’ has a better, non-intrusive feel to the name compared to ‘Force Touch’, making it a marketing boon. Another reason could be that Force Touch is a binary standpoint, wherein you either press hard or don’t(logically speaking, there are varying levels of pressure with Force Touch too). 3D Touch, however, also measures how hard you press the display(with greater granularity). Whichever the reason, Apple have made their call and seem content with it.


3D Touch is present in all of Apple’s apps that come preinstalled in a contextually relevant manner. A developer API has also been available that’s led to vivacious developers and big names such as Instagram and Facebook to adopt 3D Touch into their apps. Apart from app implementations, 3D Touch is prevalent in some system-wide elements as well. Here’s a detailed list of the applications of 3D Touch:

Live Photos: Live Photos, in essence, are a photograph with 1.5 seconds of video before and after the picture(Android users can find alternatives to Live Photos here). While viewing the still image in the gallery, pressing it harder allows you to watch it come to life as iOS plays the 3 second video surrounding that image. The same thing can be seen if your wallpaper is a Live Photo.

App Implementations: Each app can have their own implementations of 3D Touch using the Developer API. eg: Warhammer 40K, a game demoed by Apple, employs 3D touch to launch stronger attacks when engaged, as compared to normal taps.

Contextual Shortcuts: Pressing an app that supports 3D Touch allows you to bring up upto 4 shortcuts that can take you right into a specific section of that app. eg: the Phone app lets you press it to call your favourite contacts.

Cursor Positioning: Whenever entering text, you can press the keyboard to enable a cursor mode that lets you place the cursor wherever you want. Pressing harder still, lets you start selecting words in a similar way.

Drawing in Notes: A small feature, but drawing in the new Notes app lets you draw darker strokes if you press the screen while drawing.


3D Touch is undoubtedly in its nascent stages. And, as of now, that’s the only serious limitation. If you’ve ever heard anyone say ‘3D Touch is going to become important…in the future’, they’re right. What 3D Touch lacks right now, essentially, is ubiquity, and, by extension a prevalent mindshare. During our time with the iPhone 6S, we had to constantly and consciously remember which apps and where, in those apps, 3D Touch actually works. If you want to get at some file/item quicker, or jump straight into a specific task, 3D Touch should, in theory, let you do so; but unless you’re entirely sure that the result yielded will be what you want, you end up doing what you wanted to do, slower than you would otherwise.

Possibilities- A Developer Perspective


3D Touch does open up a new dimension of possibilities. The only limitations it faces right now is its newness and lack of widespread adoption. But we would rather see a delayed and well-thoughtout implementation to a hasty and tacky one. And the former seems to be exactly where 3D Touch is headed. Let us know what you think about 3D Touch and whether it seems like something that is appealing to you.

Htc Touch Diamond2 And Touch Pro2

HTC have announced two new devices at MWC today, the HTC Touch Diamond2 and the HTC Touch Pro2, each updates of the original devices. The Touch Diamond2 has a 3.2-inch VGA touchscreen display, while the Touch Pro2 has a 3.6-inh WVGA touchscreen and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Both run Windows Mobile, currently 6.1 but we’re expecting to hear that each will ship with 6.5 when Microsoft officially announce it – as expected – later on today.

Each handset also has the TouchFLO 3D GUI, 3G, WiFi b/g and Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP stereo wireless. The Touch Diamond2 has a 5-megapixel camera with autofocus, while the Touch Pro2 has a 3.2-megapixel camera with autofocus.

The HTC Touch Diamond2 will be available in European and Asian markets in early Q2 2009 with broader global availability coming later in the year. The Touch Pro2 will be available across major global markets beginning in early summer. No word on prices as yet.

Press Release:

new HTC Touch Diamond2 and HTC Touch Pro2 SIGNAL a new wave in communication

New phones simplify information access with HTC Push Internet and unify personal communication with single-view contact integration

BARCELONA ó Feb 16, 2009 ó HTC Corporation, a global designer of mobile phones, today unveiled two new flagship devices, the HTC Touch Diamond2??and HTC Touch Pro2?. Integrating innovative simplicity with unique style and an intuitive interface, the devices balance function, form and cutting-edge technology to personalize the communication and mobile Internet experience.

ìThe HTC Touch Pro2 and HTC Touch Diamond2 introduce a mobile communication experience that simplifies how we communicate with people in our lives whether through voice, text or email,î said Peter Chou, president and CEO, HTC Corp. ìHTC is delivering the latest, cutting-edge sophistication in a broad portfolio of mobile phones that improve how people live, work and communicate.î

HTC TouchFLO 3D Integrated with Windows Mobile

The HTC Touch Diamond2 and HTC Touch Pro2 utilize HTCís latest TouchFLO 3D interface. TouchFLO 3D has been more deeply integrated into a customized version of Windows Mobile 6.1 to deliver more consistency throughout Windows Mobile applications and menus. Focused on making navigation easier and more intuitive, TouchFLO 3D brings important information to the top-level user interface, including quick access to people, messaging, email, photos, music and weather. As part of this improved Windows Mobile integration the touch focus areas have been enlarged to be more finger-touch friendly.


With the HTC Touch Diamond2 and HTC Touch Pro2, HTC is introducing a new people-centric communication approach, providing a single contact view that displays the individual conversation history of contacts regardless of whether voice, text or email were used. This can be viewed from the contact card or the in-call screen during a phone conversation, ensuring the latest communication contact-by-contact is always at hand.


Continuing its commitment to making the mobile Internet easier and more enjoyable, the HTC Touch Diamond2 and HTC Touch Pro2 introduce HTCís Push Internet technology. HTC Push Internet alleviates slow downloading and rendering of Web pages on a mobile phone. Users can preselect their favorite Websites to get immediate access to them when needed.

HTC Touch Diamond2

The HTC Touch Diamond2 is the next step in the evolution of the successful HTC Touch Diamond. Crafted to fit perfectly into the hand, the Touch Diamond2 evolves the compact design and iconic style of the original HTC Touch Diamond. It incorporates a larger 3.2-inch high-resolution wide-screen VGA display for a greater viewing area in a design just 13.7mm thick. The phone also includes a new touch sensitive zoom bar for even faster zooming of Web pages, emails, text messages, photos or documents.

With fifty-percent better battery life, a five mega-pixel auto focus camera, expandable memory, gravity sensor and an ambient light sensor, the Touch Diamond2 brings the most sophisticated capabilities to a broad consumer audience looking for the professional benefits of a smartphone without sacrificing size, looks or functionality.


Designed for business professionals, the HTC Touch Pro2 is architected with distinct style and strength while delivering the most powerful productivity experience available on a mobile phone. Leveraging HTCís TouchFLO 3D, people-centric communication and Push Internet technology, the Touch Pro2 features a high-resolution 3.6-inch widescreen VGA display for an expanded viewing area and large finger-friendly QWERTY keyboard. With improved battery life, expandable memory, a touch-sensitive zoom bar as well as gravity, proximity and ambient light sensors, the Touch Pro2 is optimized for touch as well as heavy email use.

Introducing HTC Straight Talk? for HTC Touch Pro2

The new HTC Touch Pro2 leverages voice in a new way to create one of the most sophisticated communication experiences found on a mobile phone. † HTCís new Straight Talk technology delivers an integrated email, voice and speakerphone experience. Users can transition seamlessly from email to single or multi-party conference calls and turn any location into a conference room.


The HTC Touch Diamond2 will be available to customers across major European and Asian markets in early Q2 2009 with broader global availability coming later in the year. The Touch Pro2 will be available across major global markets beginning in early summer.

3 Easy Ways To Disable Touch Screen On Android And Iphone

1. Open the Settings app and tap on Security.

2. Scroll down to the bottom to locate the App Pinning/Screen Pinning option.

3. Next, turn on the toggle for App Pinning to enable it.

5. Next, swipe up from the bottom to open Recent apps and tap on the arrow next to the app you wish to pin. (The UI might slightly differ on other UIs and Phones)

6. Finally, tap the Pin icon to lock your desired app to the current screen.

7. You can swipe up twice on the home screen to cancel screen pinning anytime. (The unlocking method might slightly differ on other UIs and Phones)

Note: When an app is pinned, your personal data remains accessible, and the pinned app may also open other apps.

All iPhones have a built-in feature to disable the touch screen temporarily, known as Guided Access. This feature lets you disable some areas of the screen and lock buttons. Follow these steps to enable Guided Access on your iPhone.

1. Open the Settings app and tap on Accessibility.

3. Next, tap on the Guided Access toggle to turn it on.

4. Once enabled, tap the Passcode Settings and set up an access passcode to enable/disable the feature.

6. Circle areas where you wish to disable the touch inputs on your screen. Alternatively, you can tap on Options to disable touch functionality on your entire screen.

7. Finally, press the Start button to engage Guided Access for the app on your iPhone. The disabled touch screen will gray out and not respond to touches.

Besides native device features, you can install free third-party apps on your smartphone to temporarily disable the touch screen. The Touch Protector is one such Android app that helps you quickly disable touch inputs on your device. Here’s how it works:

1. Install the Touch Protector app from Google Play Store, and launch it.

2. Provide the required permissions to the app.

4. Finally, shake your phone once to disable the touch screen instantly. Similarly, you can repeat the gesture to turn it off.

Is your smartphone taking too long to respond to the provided touch inputs? Do you feel it is lagging in processing your screen taps? Fret not; follow our detailed explainer to easily change touch screen sensitivity on any smartphone.

You can use the screen pinning feature to disable the touch screen of your Android phone. Follow the easy steps in this explainer for more details.

You can utilize the Guided Access feature on your iPhone to disable the touchscreen for any app. For more details, check the steps listed above.

Yes, you can use the Touch Protector app to disable touchscreen inputs on your Android phone.

Yes, the built-in guided access feature can be used to freeze the screen of any iPhone. For more details, check the steps listed above.

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How To Use Activator With Touch Id

A couple of days ago, we told you about Virtual Home–a brand new jailbreak tweak that allowed users to simulate a press of the Home button using Touch ID enabled hardware. Virtual Home was one of the first jailbreak tweaks that modified the behavior of the iPhone 5s’ Touch ID sensor, and because of that, it proved to be very popular among jailbreakers.

Adding to the popularity of Touch ID tweaks is a recent update to Ryan Petrich’s Activator—an absolute staple of a jailbreak tool that all users should have installed from day one. Petrich’s latest 1.8.3 update brings support for a single press of the Touch ID sensor.

But Activator goes far beyond the scope of Virtual Home, because you can, in theory at least, assign any Activator action to a Touch ID gesture. Have a look inside to see how it works.

To assign a Touch ID gesture to an Activator action, you’ll need to make sure you have the latest version of Activator installed on your device. Activator version 1.8.3 is the release that brings support for Touch ID.

Once installed, head into Activator’s settings by means of the Activator app icon on the Home screen, or via the stock Settings App. Select the Anywhere panel, and then select the Single Press panel under the Fingerprint Sensor section. You can then assign any action to the Touch ID single press gesture.

For starters, it’s probably best if you assign the Home Button gesture—a gesture that simulates the single press of the Home button—in order to get the hang of how things work. It’s also a good litmus test for comparing Activator’s implementation to Virtual Home’s.  Once you  get the hang of how Touch ID gestures work in Activator, feel free to assign any other action to the gesture.

A few points of note:

Although there is no support yet for a double tap, you can use two single taps in succession to simulate a double press of the Home button. It takes a little practice, and isn’t always accurate, but it worked fairly well in my tests.

If you want to use the Home button like normal for getting back to the Home screen, invoking the app switcher, etc., you need to keep in mind that doing so will likely invoke the action assigned to the Touch ID sensor as well. For example, if I have Control Center assigned to the Touch ID sensor via Activator, and I press in on the Home button to get back to the Home screen, it will go back to the Home screen and invoke Control Center at roughly the same time. This causes some obvious usability issues and graphical glitches at times. It’s an interesting phenomenon, and one that may not be that easy to work around. I’m curious to see how Petrich plans on handling this issue going forward.

With the aforementioned in mind, I would suggest using Activator’s built-in Touch ID support primarily to simulate the Home button. If you’ve experienced issues with Virtual Home, this is a good alternative for you to try.

Not to be overlooked are Activator’s other 1.8.3 features and fixes. Here is the full change log:

Fix arm64-specific crashes

Fix long reboot times on iOS 7

Update localizations

Add fingerprint event on iPhone 5s

Better detect device capabilities on iOS 7

It’s an exciting time to be a jailbroken iOS 7 user. It’s even more exciting to think about the potential of Touch ID in the hands of jailbreakers. Activator is and always has been at the forefront of innovation in the jailbreak community, and this latest release continues that trend.

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