3D touch feature in iPhone 6s and 7 is similar to Force Touch in Apple Watch. This feature combines a pressure-sensitive display with haptic feedback which creates a marvelous user interface. 3D touch brings so much productivity and ease of use for the users. This guide will provide you with some 3D touch tips and tricks which help you to get the most out of this feature.
3D touch tips – quick actions
Quick action for apps provides you with a window of shortcuts. When you perform a firm press on an icon on your home screen, a window pops up with some options. For example, you can press on Phone icon to call a recent contact without the need to search it in your contacts. Long press on the camera icon to take a selfie, or record a slow-mo directly.
Every app even the third-party ones come with quick actions. So you can start experimenting on your own and see what each app offers you.
3D touch tips and tricks – Links
You can preview links from almost anywhere in iOS using 3D touch feature. When you see a link, simply press firmly on it and a pop up window will appear which gives you a preview of the site. Once you are viewing the page, you can slide it upwards to access a menu that allows you to perform actions such as open the link, add it to a reading list or copy it.
3D touch tips and tricks – peek and pop
Peek and pop allow you to preview the contents of an email, document, web page, map direction or other link, without transferring to the app involved. You can then choose to ‘Pop’ the item open in its relevant app if you want to know more. Peek allows you to force touch on content, such a new message notification, and preview the item. When peeking, you can slide the peek window upwards to access another menu containing commands such as copy, share and so on.
3D touch app switcher
To open your app switcher using 3D touch, just press on the left corner of the screen and then you can swipe through apps.
Note that doing this might get a little difficult at times as pictures or links may get in the way.
Use a Trackpad while typing
When typing in any app, you can easily switch to a trackpad mode that allows you to move the cursor across the screen. Simply press down on the keyboard until the keys disappear and the keyboard turns a shade grey. When the keyboard changes into this trackpad, you can move the cursor by swiping your finger around the trackpad area.