The availability of an brand new iPhone for $399 is great news for anyone on a budget or preferring a smaller smartphone, but the iPhone SE is already disappointing users due to a surprising missing feature.
As MacRumors reports, it seems Apple decided not to include Haptic Touch functionality for notifications on the iPhone SE, meaning no long press access to options in either the Notification Center or on the Lock screen. And if you think this is a bug, think again, as according to TechCrunch’s editor-in-chief Matthew Panzarino, “Fwiw. this is not a bug … Haptic works in many other ways on iPhone SE, but not on notifications.”
Every iPhone since the 6S has had either 3D Touch or Haptic Touch available to access more options across iOS. However, for some reason currently only known within Apple, Haptic Touch use is being restricted more than on other iPhones in the SE. What does this mean in reality? Rich notification options can’t be accessed with a long press, instead, an iPhone SE user needs to slide a notification to the left and then tap a “View” option to access rich options.
Responding to a discussion about the missing feature on Reddit, user A11Bionic said, “I called Apple Support and they confirmed this is true and there is no software update planned to change this behavior.” So for now, it’s an “as designed” feature, but with enough uproar by iPhone SE users, I won’t be surprised to see Apple patch the functionality in for notifications in a future update. It’s worth pointing out, though, that the first-generation iPhone SE didn’t include support for this, but clearly users want it in the 2020 version.