Thirdparty apps optimized for 3D Touch
Where 3D Touch really comes into its own is when it’s used within an app. Here, Apple has given you two main features to play with: ‘Peek’ and ‘Pop’. The basic idea is this: you can hardpress on an SMS message, an email in your inbox, an image you found in Safari, a website url your friend sent you or pretty much anything the iPhone recognizes as a link of some kind, and a preview window (a “peek”) of the thing you pressed will appear on the display. From there, you can read the entire message, then simply lift your finger off to quickly dismiss it. This makes it super easy and fast to scan through messages or emails without having to open each one individually. If you don’t want to close the window, you can press a bit harder to ‘Pop’ it, which launches the preview window into the relevant app for that content.
There are other options in the ‘Peek’ view too. Slide your finger up and options will appear. For example in Safari, you’ll be able to open the link, add it to your reading list for later, or copy the URL. If you’re viewing an image, you can save that image or open it up in Safari. In email, you can slide up for a bunch of options, or slide left to mark it read, or right to archive it.
Oh and when you’re typing an email, message, note or anything else that uses a keyboard? Hardpress the on-screen keyboard and it will turn into a trackpad that you can use to quickly and accurately place the cursor where you want it. Let go of the screen and it turns back into a keyboard.
By the way, you can change the sensitivity for 3D Touch (or even turn it off completely if you want). Go to the Settings menu > General > Accessibility, then scroll down until you find 3D Touch. Tap it, then make your selection. By default, 3D Touch sensitivity is set to Medium, with
DECEMBER 2015 A number of third-party apps have already been updated to support 3D Touch. Here are some of our favorites: Hard-pressing the Instagram app on the home screen will bring up a shortcut menu with options for posting a new photo, viewing activity, search and sending a photo message directly. When you are browsing through photos on an Instagram account, you can ‘Peek’ to get a preview of the photo. Want to see the full-sized photo? Simply ‘Pop’. Hard-press the WeChat app on the home screen to start a new chat, record a short video and access your QR code. You also can get a Peek of individual messages in your inbox. Hard-press the app to access shortcuts to the most recent file added to Dropbox, view offline files, upload a photo, and search files in your account. You also can Peek at individual files inside the Dropbox app. Evernote supports Quick Actions on the home screen with shortcuts for creating a new note, taking photo, or setting a reminder. Within the Evernote app, you can take a Peek into website links or notes from your Evernote home screen. Hard-press on the Twitter icon and you will get the option to search through your Twitter feed, post a new Tweet, or send a direct message on Twitter. If opening and waiting for the Shazam app to load takes too long, hard-press on the app icon on the home screen and you get the option to ‘Shazam Now’. You also can activate Visual Shazam to activate the QR reader when you see the Shazam camera logo on posters, magazines or books.