Take con­trol with 3D Touch

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When Ap­ple has talked about 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, it has fo­cussed on ob­vi­ous ben­e­fits, such as Quick Ac­tions avail­able from app icons on the Home screen, play­ing back Live Pho­tos, and tak­ing a peek at emails to de­cide if they’re worth at­ten­tion. 3D Touch can do more than this.

You can tai­lor what some apps list among their Quick Ac­tions, so that the things most rel­e­vant to you are never more than a press away.

Tak­ing a peek at things might seem un­nec­es­sary when you could just tap to open an item and then de­cide whether to re­spond to it. It’s easy to over­look that you can swipe up while tak­ing a peek at some­thing to ac­cess more ac­tions. Peek­ing works with more than just emails and hy­per­links, too.

3D Touch also makes it more com­fort­able to ma­nip­u­late text on a small screen. The in­ser­tion point can be moved quickly with a firm press on the key­board, turn­ing it into a track­pad of sorts. On de­vices with­out 3D Touch, se­lect­ing text in­evitably puts your fin­gers in front of the text. On the lat­est iPhones, though, you can make selections start­ing from what’s un­der the in­ser­tion point while keep­ing your fin­gers firmly out of the way.

Here’s how to use 3D Touch’s ad­vanced fea­tures to help jus­tify the cost of up­grad­ing your iPhone. Alan Stone­bridge

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