Force Touch Is Not Present In watchOS 7…. Here’s Why That Matters

In places like the Apple Watch Subreddit or the other Apple Watch Subreddit people are noticing that Force Touch is gone from watchOS 7. Instead, you have to long press or there are buttons to replace the Force Touch actions that you might be used to. This is a big deal. But not for the reasons that you might think. Let me explain.

First of all, I think this means that a bigger battery is coming to the Apple Watch 6. I say that because the Force Touch layer takes up space. And if Apple ripped out the Force Touch layer, Apple can do the following:

  • Put in a bigger battery.
  • Slim down the Apple Watch
  • Both

With the addition of sleep tracking in watchOS 7, Apple will need all the battery life that they can get. Thus I think it’s pretty safe to say that a bigger battery is coming to the Apple Watch Series 6. It also silences the requests for more battery life from Apple Watch users.

The second reason that this is a big deal is that it makes the user interface more consistent with other Apple products. By that I mean that a lot of Apple Watch users had no clue that Force Touch even existed. I can’t count the number of times I showed someone Force Touch since I got my first Apple Watch. By taking that away and adding buttons and long presses in its place, its more inline with an iPhone XR, or something from the iPhone 11 series. That’s a win for Apple.

So at the end of the day, I would not lose sleep over the loss of Force Touch on the Apple Watch. Much like users of the iPhone XR or something from the iPhone 11 series, you’ll get used to it. And if you are able to get the next generation Apple Watch later this year, the trade off will likely be better battery life. I think you’ll agree with me that this is a fair trade off for the result that you will get.

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