How to Enable ‘Fast’ Haptic Touch on iPhone with iOS 17: iOS 17 introduces a new “Fast” Haptic Touch setting for iPhones. iOS 17’s “Fast” setting makes Haptic Touch more responsive than iOS 16 and earlier iterations.
In order to make room for the new “Fast” setting, Apple has renamed the previous “Fast” setting from iOS 16 to “Default” on the new version, resulting in a total of three Haptic Touch settings: Fast, Default, and Slow.
Haptic Touch, formerly known as 3D Touch, has been available on the iPhone for a long time, providing users with simple access to an app’s actions without opening the app. You can use Haptic Touch by holding down on an app or interactive icon on your iPhone, at which point you’ll see an overlay menu containing a number of shortcuts related to the item you’re interacting with.
What is iOS 17’s Fast Haptic Touch?
Apple enables you to customise the rate at which Haptic Touch overflow menus appear when you long-press an app or icon. Prior to iOS 16, Apple only allowed you to alter this speed between Fast and Slow. As of iOS 17 beta 2, you can now choose between Fast, Default, and Slow.
It appears that iOS 16’s “Default” setting operates similarly to the “Fast” setting. However, the new “Fast” setting is significantly quicker than the other two options, displaying context menus at least a couple hundred milliseconds faster than the previous “Fast” setting. If you’re having trouble understanding how each of these parameters operates, consider the following concise explanation.
- iOS 17 “Fast” animates more quickly than iOS 16 “Fast.”
- iOS 17 “Default” – identical to iOS 16 “Fast”
- 17 “Slow” – identical to iOS 16 “Slow”
In brief, iOS 17’s Default and Slow options are the same as before, while the new Fast option provides significantly more responsive feedback than the other options.
How to Enable ‘Fast’ Haptic Touch on iPhone with iOS 17
Verify that your iPhone is running iOS 17 beta 2 or later by navigating to Settings > General > Software Update. This will make the Haptic Touch quicker than before.
Note: At the time of writing, iOS 17 is only available as a developer preview; therefore, we recommend that you wait for a beta or public release to prevent software issues.
To enable Fast Haptic Touch, launch the iPhone’s Settings app.
In the Settings menu, select Accessibility by scrolling down.
Touch Touch under “Physical and Motor” in the Accessibility interface.
Tap on Haptic Touch here.
Under “Touch Duration” on the next screen, select Fast.
With this option enabled, you can try the speed of the new response time by long-pressing the flower icon in the “Touch Duration Test” section.
What happens when Fast Haptic Touch is enabled?
When you select “Fast” as your preferable Haptic Touch option on iOS 17, you increase the rate at which the context menu appears following a long-press action. This indicates that the overflow menu that appears when you touch and hold on an app icon or an in-app button will appear faster (at least 200 milliseconds faster) than in previous versions.
This can alter the overall interactivity of the iOS user interface, as options and menus will be more responsive than previously. This experience feels a lot like 3D Touch on older iPhone models as a result of the decision to make Haptic Touch a bit quicker. By increasing the responsiveness of Haptic Touch, your iPhone can now replicate 3D Touch’s pressure-sensitive activation; however, this may also result in false activations if your iPhone detects accidental touches.
That’s all there is to know about enabling “Fast” Haptic Touch on an iPhone running iOS 17.