The new iPhone SE is missing Haptic Touch support for notifications
What you need to know
- Haptic Touch is not working for the new iPhone SE.
- Long pressing on a notification does not expand it to reveal more information.
- The feature has existed in every iPhone since the iPhone 6S.
The iPhone SE is a fantastic phone for the price, and response to its release has been overwhelmingly positive. That said, a few owners have discovered a glaring omission in a feature that many of us have grown so used to over the years that we've apparently taken it for granted.
According to a new report from MacRumors, iPhone SE owners have reported on Reddit that Haptic Touch is not working on notifications on the lock and home screen. It is, however, working when you long-press on an app icon.
While some users have pointed out that you can slide to the left of a notification and tap "View" in order to see the additional information of a notification, the omission of the Haptic Touch functionality marks a major feature missing from the new iPhone SE. Not only does the iPhone 11 and iPhone 11 Pro support long pressing a notification for more information, but so did the iPhone 8, the phone that the iPhone SE has effectively replaced.
According to Matthew Panzarino, Editor-in-Chief of TechCrunch, the lack of Haptic Touch for notifications on the iPhone SE is not a bug and the user experience is "working as intended".
I have not been able to determine whether there is any technical reason why or not. But it is 'working as intended' currently. I'm probably not an iPhone SE customer due to iPhone 11 camera stuff, but this would stop me from buying one.I have not been able to determine whether there is any technical reason why or not. But it is 'working as intended' currently. I'm probably not an iPhone SE customer due to iPhone 11 camera stuff, but this would stop me from buying one.— Matthew Panzarino (@panzer) April 27, 2020April 27, 2020
It is unclear if Apple truly intended this functionality to be absent from the new iPhone SE, but even if they did, it seems to be an odd omission as it breaks the software experience between its latest iPhones.
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If this is indeed the case, I will most likely return my iPhone SE without even opening it (scheduled delivery date of 5/5) as I use that functionality a ton every day.
There's suggestions that this may be a bug, which honestly wouldn't be surprising with the trainwreck iOS 13 has been.