The iPhone 3D Touch Screen is one of the most innovative features of the iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, and the recently launched iPhone 7 and iPhone 7.
iPhone 3D touch screen is a pressure sensitive screen technology that allows iPhone users to perform a variety of interactions with their devices. Apple included the feature in their products in late 2015 as a part of Multi-touch to form the heart of people’s interaction with iOS.
Although people are already familiar with the tap, swipe, and pinch gestures, the 3D Touch involves two standard gestures: Peek and Pop. Quick Action is another, and all three provide shortcuts to menus (usually from the home screen).
The pressure sensitivity feature opens a new world of possibilities to app developers to create mobile applications that respond to the 3D Touchscreen. An app developer for a photo editor can, for instance, make the brush strength increase or decrease depending on the force of press.
With the iPhone 3D touch screen, you can press deeply to launch actions instead of apps, reply to notifications, preview messages, and links, switch keyboards, switch apps, animated Live Photos, vary stroke width, and more. It simplifies your device use by cutting down on time and increasing productivity.
12 Useful Benefits of iPhone 3D Touch Screen.
View Your Calendar Notifications at a Glance: if you have a calendar notification on your lock screen, you can 3D Touch it to see its details and confirm or cancel.
Prioritize downloads: If you had several file downloads running, you could deep press to have an option to prioritize downloads in order of importance.
Track Your Uber Driver: Ordered an Uber ride? You can 3D Touch the Uber notification and see your driver’s location on the map and have the option to send a message.
Get Weather details: On the weather app on the Home screen, deep press to see current and future weather conditions so you can plan ahead.
Shortcut to call, message, and Facetime: Pressed for time? Simply force press the phone app icon on the Home screen. You will see a range of option to call your frequent contacts or to add a new contact. A similar feature is accessible with the message app icon as well as Facetime app. It allows you to go straight to a call without having to search for contacts or to scroll, saving you time.
Quickly Access the Camera’s features: If you want to capture a moment – an ordinary photo, a selfie, video or Slow Mo, by deep pressing the camera app icon, you will be able to choose any of those types of shots without having to open the app. After discovering this, you will never miss that important shot again.
Rename folders: With the iPhone 3D Touchscreen, you can also change the name of a collection of apps in a folder. You can also see the notification count of each app as well and tap straight into it.
Discover more shortcuts: The App Store and iBook app icons let you go straight to doing a search for apps or books, whatever the case may be depending on the app you are accessing. However, there are more shortcuts to discover when you force press an app icon. The Apple Maps icon, for instance, opens options to get directions home, mark and send your location, and search nearby. The Twitter, Instagram and Fantastical apps (which are non-Apple apps) likewise offer a variety of options when you do a 3D Touch on their icons.
Peek and Pop: At the iPhone 6s launch, an aspect of 3D Touch that was extensively covered was a linked pair of features called Peek and Pop. It allows you to preview contents of an email, message, web page, map direction, or document, without having to transfer to the app.
If you would like to see more details, you can then ‘Pop’ the item open in its relevant app. For example in Mail, if you receive a new email, you can Peek it with an iPhone 3D Touchscreen press to see a preview without opening it. A more firm press will Pop the message fully, or if you release your hold, it will close the preview, and you can return to your previous screen. Alternatively, you can swipe upwards and see a menu of quick actions.
Peek and Pop is handy when using multiple apps concurrently. For instance, while reading an email message that contains a map direction, you can deep press for a preview of the map using the Apple Map app, without opening it. Like before, a more firm press would change the preview to its full form in the relevant app. The same applies to clickable web links in only Apple apps.
Text editing: In the process of typing using the native Apple keyboard, if you do an iPhone 3D Touch deep press anywhere on the keyboard, you will take control of the cursor, giving you the ability to move it about easily to make edits to written text. The finger tip and not the thumb is ideal for doing this.
Activate the app switcher: Without having long-pressed the home button, you can activate the app switcher by doing a 3D Touch of the left-hand edge of the screen from the Home screen or most apps. Even before the app switcher opens from a harder press, you will see the screen edges of some previously used apps.
Live Photos: There are multiple ways of finding out if a photo is a Live or still image. Firstly, you will see a brief animation when you swipe to it, a ‘Live’ icon, or a set of small concentric circles when you share it. Upon a hard press, you will see it play a short clip of the first three to five seconds before the photo was taken, it will then return to its still form again. The same applies to dynamic wallpapers. When hard pressed, the image animates for a few seconds then remains still again.
How Do I Active 3D Touch?
You can activate 3D Touch in your iPhone’s Accessibility settings.
Open the Settings app then go to General > Accessibility > 3D Touch.
All the above reasons are enough to prove that the iPhone 3D Touchscreen is a very useful feature not to enable and implement in the daily use of your iPhone. If we missed any recommendations, kindly share in the comments!