I've been trying to understand the conceptual difference between a force-click and a secondary click (aka right click) on a Mac.
Conceptually, what is a force click supposed to do? Is there a coherent explanation from Apple (couldn't find one in the UX guidelines) about this question? In iOS, force touch seems to most commonly be used to show contextual actions. If that same meaning percolates down to OS X, how will a Mac user know which contextual actions will be available via force-click vs. secondary click?
I'm not criticizing the force-click hardware concept itself-- it's a nice, discoverable way to do something extra with a trackpad-- but I'm just confused about its intent on OS X which already seems to have a similar "do something extra with a trackpad (or a mouse)" in secondary click.
Here's an excerpt from one explanation.
It feels sort of like Apple decided right-clicking and the contents of the contextual menus it produces are too geeky, so they created a whole alternate universe of more mainstream-friendly secondary click behaviors, invoked in a new way, but left right-clicking and the behaviors that invokes in place for the nerds. I guess I see the reasoning. Still, it's rather odd that Apple, the company that for a couple of decades only believed in one sort of clicking, now supports three.
Good points. Why did Apple choose the extra complexity of a completely new kind of click instead of making secondary click more discoverable with force click hardware and adding UX guidelines for secondary click doing more than a "geeky" plain menu?
I assume there are good UX reasons explained somewhere. Anyone know what they are?