3D touch was one of the most exciting features of iPhone 6s and 6s Plus and was an addition to iPhone 7 and 7 Plus as well. 3D touch is a pressure sensitive technology. The same technology appears in Apple Watch under the name of Force Touch. While an Apple Watch can distinguish between two degrees of pressure – a standard tap and a harder Force Tap, the 3D Touch-equipped iPhone 6s and 7 offers three options. This opens up considerable potential for new interface features. This article offers you a number of helpful 3D touch tricks which allows you to get the most out it.
How to activate 3D touch
3D touch is activated on your device by default. But if you would like to change the settings or disable it, here is where you need to head to:
Settings > General > Accessibility > 3D Touch
From the opened menu, you can slide to enable/disable 3D touch or adjust its sensitivity.
3D touch tricks – Phone, FaceTime, Messages
On your home screen, perform a hard press on the Phone icon (push firmly into the screen) and a small handy window pops up for you. you can see you are able to call one of your most frequent contacts or add a new one.
Do a 3D touch press on FaceTime or Messages icon and you will see the handy options for it as well. You will see a number of recently or more frequently contacted friends. You can simply tap to call them without the need to open the app and search them in your contacts.
3d touch tricks – priority download
If you are installing more than one app at once, you can prioritize them if you are running iOS 10. Here is how you can do that. Just perform a 3D touch on a semi-downloaded app to view the menu. You can prioritize, pause, or cancel your download.
3D touch tricks – camera
Do a 3D touch on camera icon and a mini menu that lets you jump straight to a normal photo, a video or a selfie, or even a slow-mo video appears for you. You’ll never miss that important shot again.
There are more to find by using the 3D touch feature – try a force-press on any app icon to see if it has a 3D Touch-activated mini menu. The App Store icon lets you go straight to an app search, and the iBooks app does something similar. Mail, rather than offering shortcuts to specific contacts, lets you jump to individual inboxes (or start a new message). Safari lets you open a new tab, or a new Private tab, or jump to your Reading List. There is a lot to this feature that you can discover it on your own.