One of the iPhone’s most useful 3D Touch features is the
ability to turn your keyboard into a trackpad while typing, and
with iOS 12, this functionality is coming to handsets without
Apple’s pressure-sensitive technology.
Mashable notes that you can enable the
functionality by long-pressing the keyboard’s space bar at any
time, at which point you can use it to easily move your cursor
without having to obscure the text with your finger.
Apple introduced 3D Touch with the iPhone 6S, but it has
opted to omit it on the cheapest of its 2018 models, the
iPhone XR. Shipping a brand-new phone without the
technology means that people will need to find alternative ways
to access its functionality, and iOS 12 is giving us exactly
Does this mean we’re about to witness the death of 3D Touch?
Prior to the iPhone XR’s announcement,
analysts predicted that Apple would drop the costly feature
from at least some of its upcoming phones. It’s still present
in this year’s premium phones, the
XS and XS Max, but there’s no telling how long that’ll last
when these handsets are already equipped with a host of other
tempting upgrades, including gorgeous OLED displays.