Apple's newest flagship phone, the iPhone 6s, introduces a breakthrough interaction technology with 3D Touch, wherein one can exploit the new pressure sensitive screen to explore the third touch dimension for accessing quick shortcuts to various app settings and options right from the Home Screen. This new input method enables users to get in app previews, direct and faster access to specific pages of the app along with various other functional tweaks to touch input.
Native and third-party apps that support 3D Touch
For starters, here is the complete list of apps that support 3D Touch on Home Screen:
- App Store
Other native iOS apps such as iMovie, Find Friends, Game Center as well as your phone's Lock screen can be accessed with 3D Touch, especially while using Live Wallpaper for wallpaper animation.
Some of the most popular third-party apps that support 3D Touch include the following:
3D Touch not working
In case you are unable to initiate the 3D Touch function for some apps, just try launching the app once and then it should start working seamlessly.
How to use 3D Touch without lifting any finger
Place your finger on screen and drag to perform a quicker 3D Touch action.
How to use Peek and Pop
Peek allows you to preview an app's features before backing out, and performing a slide up on the peek will unlock additional options such as 'Mark as unread' and 'delete' within the mail app.
On the contrary, Pop enables you to unlock full functionality or advanced options within an app after committing to a Peek.
Disabling 3D Touch and adjusting sensitivity
You can disable 3D Touch by going to Settings > General and selecting Accessibility. You can also adjust the 3D Touch sensitivity via the Accessibility section of the Settings app. You can also test how the changes in sensitivity affect your usage directly from the preferences.
Previewing Maps and weblinks, and accessing contact info
One can perform a whole lot of preview functions with iOS Maps app such as peeking at an address on the map, before popping it for complete information. Similarly, you can peek on the webpage by tapping on any remote link, before accessing the page in a full screen browser window. One can also access contact options with a light 3D Touch on a contact photo in the e-mail of Messages app.
Note: A lighter touch will activate the peek function, while a hard press will unlock pop function.
For further assistance, check out the video tutorial posted below: