The iPhone XR misses out on some features due to its lack of 3D Touch, but one of the biggest is on the way in iOS 12.1.1. Apple is giving buyers of its more affordable handset the ability to expand notifications using Haptic Touch.
Without a pressure sensitive display, the iPhone XR can’t offer things like Peek and Pop, which lets you preview webpages in Safari. However, some 3D Touch actions can be enjoyed by using Haptic Touch — a fancy name Apple has given to what is essentially a long press.
You can use Haptic Touch to activate the flashlight and camera shortcuts on the lock screen, or to access the trackpad built into Apple’s on-screen keyboard. In iOS 12.1.1, you will also be able to use it to expand notifications.
iOS 12.1.1 makes Haptic Touch better on iPhone XR
Simply use Haptic Touch (a long press) on an incoming notification and you’ll get the same expanded preview that other iPhone users enjoy when they press with 3D Touch. You will also get access to any action buttons, or the quick reply feature in apps like Messages.
The only other way to do this on iPhone XR right now is to swipe the notification and then tap the “View” button. Other iOS devices offer this, too, if you don’t like using 3D Touch for some reason. But it’s much quicker and easier to use a long press instead.
iOS 12.1.1 is in beta testing for now, and it’s likely to be at least a few weeks before it rolls out to everyone. We can probably expect to see it making its public debut before the end of the year.