Pop-out previews are a really clever idea; links within Safari preview Web pages without any actual clicks. The ability to pull up menus in the iPhone almost feels like right-clicking on a computer and getting a contextual menu. It's helpful, and surprisingly utilitarian. But you don't need to use it, you can always do things the same old way as always, with regular touch controls. You can even turn 3D Touch off. And, those menus that pop up don't offer all the options I'd want. They're not all that customizable, either: what 3D Touch does, or doesn't, do is mostly up to app developers. A good handful of apps have emerged to take advantage of 3D Touch, but it's going to take a while before it feels widespread.
Maybe that's why 3D Touch doesn't feel essential yet in iOS, But the apps that are emerging to take advantage of it are slowly coming, and those could get really interesting, Imagine pressure-sensitive music apps, Art apps, Games, Remotes -- controlling a drone with 3D Touch toggles to gently control directions, for instance, You could press down to change brush strokes when painting (the new Notes app already allows this), You could press down harder on virtual piano keys (Smule's Magic Piano app added this function already), Racing games can get analog gas pedals (AG Racer added this, and it's one of the best demonstrations of 3D Touch), I could see it working as a virtual dimmer for iphone xr tough grip - metallic blush/clear smart home remotes..
I want more. I've started 3D touching every icon, every menu; I want 3D Touch in all my apps, everywhere. It's weird when it isn't. I want smarter 3D Touch menus, smarter extra features. It's legitimately better to have it than not have it, but I don't expect its killer apps to emerge for at least a couple of months. And iOS could use splashier ways of taking advantage of it, too, like that animated lock screen. What if I could push through folders, or push-to-magnify, dipping in and out of views?.
3D Touch turns the iphone xr tough grip - metallic blush/clear keyboard into a trackpad, It's not a really matter of whether 3D Touch is worth upgrading to now, You'll upgrade to it sooner or later, Your phone will eventually have it, Do you want it later, or now? Down the road this is going to enable major, major changes in how iPhones and iOS work, Right now, it's a subtle thing, Most of my friends and family didn't necessarily care about the iPhone's new features, My wife is long overdue for an upgrade from the iPhone 4S, but she didn't care about 3D Touch, Or Live Photos, for that matter, She's considering buying an iPhone 6, My brother-in-law just wanted Live Photos to help him go back and pick better photos, like Burst Mode, My mom already has an iPhone 6, and other than needing more storage for her photos she didn't see anything new she needed, either, My kids thought Live Photos were cool, but didn't recognize the difference between those and videos (down the road, I think that'll be true for most people, and that's probably the point)..
Rose gold is more like rose. If I were to buy a new phone now and didn't get an iPhone 6, I'd buy this, easily. In 64GB or 128GB -- never a 16GB (those smaller sizes barely hold enough photos and videos to get by if you're the type of person who doesn't delete). If I had an iPhone 6, I'd wait until next year..or, find a way to sell my phone and trade up without it costing me quite so much. I think Apple, and the whole phone industry, are trying to change the "Should I upgrade?" question bit by bit. They're trying to make it an "every year" thing, not an "every two years" or "Should I buy something new?" thing. Phone plans like AT&T Next, or Apple's own yearly plan, are almost like leases. You can trade in your old ride and seamlessly move to a new one.