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Apple iOS 9.3 to bring new 3D Touch shortcuts: see them here

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Apple iOS 9.3 to bring new 3D Touch shortcuts: see them here

Every 's' generation iPhone features roughly the same design as its predecessor, but despite the lack of visual change, each one of them comes with a stand-out feature that is easy to remember: for the iPhone 4s that was Siri, in the iPhone 5s that was the Touch ID fingerprint scanner, and in the iPhone 6s this one most remembered feature is clearly 3D Touch.

Adding a new layer of sensitivity to the traditional paradigm of tapping and swiping, 3D Touch holds a huge promise. For many apps it currently acts as a kind of a right click functionality, but unfortunately, not all apps - even the apps made by Apple - support it. Such key omissions include apps like the Settings and Stocks apps among others.

In iOS 9.3 you will finally be able to easily change the wallpaper on your iPhone!

In iOS 9.3, Apple will be adding 3D Touch to most of its first party apps that are still missing it. The list of apps that get 3D Touch with the update includes: Settings, Health, Stocks, Weather, App Store, and Compass.

And the additions are neat: you can - finally! - change the wallpaper on your iPhone easily via a 3D Touch on the Settings icon (previously, a simple action like changing the wallpaper required a series of taps in the settings menus). You can also easily search for stocks, jump directly to the weather for one of your favorite locations, as well as see your Medical ID via a 3D Touch on the Health app. Check out all the new shortcuts that will come into force with iOS 9.3 right below. Useful, aren't they?


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posted on 12 Jan 2016, 03:13 12

1. hateftotti (Posts: 195; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Useless IMO

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 03:30 6

7. rubyonrails3 (Posts: 251; Member since: 01 Oct 2014)


How you know that? Or you built opinion without real experience ?

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 04:55 10

15. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 2370; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Useless 'cause all of those "shortcuts" could be initiated via simple swipe-up gesture. A Play Store app called Action Launcher offers more than meh shortcuts, it offers widgets of the app via a simple swipe on the app icon.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.actionlauncher.playstore&hl=en

Force touch is just apple trying to create an excuse to limit ancient and basic Android features to their latest device. It brings nothing beneficial that wasn't already possible.

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 10:59 3

28. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8939; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


Try to understand, when you have used an iphone for years, and have never used or slightly used an Android; they have no idea what phones can really do.

They rather wait for Apple's childish implementation vs using a more advanced option which gives you far more options.

I bet I can still change a wallpaper faster on my Note 5 vs using FT on the iPhone. But it is a nice extra I guess vs choosing settings > wallpaper.

To me, it makes the UI more crowded having all those popup menus. Just give me quick toggles.

The wallpaper one seems more like a link that's taking you to the screen where you normally change the wallpaper.

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 13:42 2

34. Unordinary (Posts: 1285; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


Seems like Android will be favoring these childish implementations... Lol, let alone Samesung. Every unbias news site and techie will agree that real 3D Touch (not some impractical long-press) is a step in the right direction for mobile. The "right-click" for phones. Try long holding your right click button on your mouse or track pad and let me know how stupid you feel.

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 13:56 1

35. joevsyou (Posts: 701; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


clearly you haven't used it. I don't even own a iphone but playing with them in the stores i know they it is useful and cut's down on time to get to places and nice to have in some apps.

2: it's not a long press and yes you feel stupid holding down your mouse button you idiot... Thats why it's called force touch because it based on how hard you push not time.

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 16:21

39. Unordinary (Posts: 1285; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


Clearly, you read my post completely wrong.

And -I'M- the "idiot"? Lmao.

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 13:38 1

33. Unordinary (Posts: 1285; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


Useless.

/s

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 15:48

36. AlikMalix (Posts: 5238; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Assuming that context menu for apps is all forcetouch is used for? How do you scroll your cursor on android? What about quick text preview (without waiting so long for long press - if you even have that). What about in games: caw itching weapons, run walk based on how hard you press. Acellerate or stop precisely with force intended. Half of my games are better just because of force-touch.

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 17:28

42. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 2370; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


"How do you scroll your cursor on android?"

Simple, arrow buttons automatically appear besides the virtual on-screen buttons. Or use the volume keys. Or use a keyboard that supports swipe selection like the jailbreak tweak. All of the above are options on my OnePlus One...

"What about quick text preview (without waiting so long for long press - if you even have that)"

If by that you mean text preview in messaging/email apps, that's all software based and can be implemented in the app via gestures. In fact that's already a sub-part of what widgets offer for the app.

"What about in games: caw itching weapons, run walk based on how hard you press. Acellerate or stop precisely with force intended."

Those are good uses, but nothing that can't be replaced with swipe/tap gestures. Like swipe the firing button to switch weapons, double-tap to increase rate of acceleration/deceleration, etc. Regardless of all that, nothing still beats the accuracy/precision of a physical analog controller.

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 06:17

17. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3271; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


simple waste since they cant do widgets they think this is equal to that, and whats easier than pinch the screen and pick the picture or take a pic for background in lock, display or both.
and half the time your thumb will be in the way

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 06:45 1

19. nctx77 (Posts: 1767; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)


Need iPhone widgets, just swipe down my friend.

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 16:03

37. AlikMalix (Posts: 5238; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Widgets on iOS are designed to be accessible on any screen and inside apps, even on lock screen without taking space at all: swipe down!

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 10:44

43. Mosdefnitely (unregistered)


Doubt that. You profile is useless. These android bashers are useless

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 03:17

2. cnour (Posts: 589; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)


Go Samsung and try to do this in your S7. Hopefully you will have time (but without lags please).

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 03:21 2

3. johanbiff (Posts: 388; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)


S6/note 5 does not lag,people who say this have not tried the latest samsung devices, why would the S7 with even more powerfull Soc and more optimized SW lag?(Rumor:google to help even more to get touchwiz more optimized)

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 03:28

5. Finalflash (Posts: 2795; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


It doesn't lag but stutters, lag is a delay in response time and it is very responsive. Stuttering is a very minor issue in touchwiz while the new big problem is reloading apps. They just trade off one thing for another while bandaging problems instead of fixing them

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 03:34

8. rubyonrails3 (Posts: 251; Member since: 01 Oct 2014)


It does lag but after few weeks for me mostly 2-3weeks later. It happened not just one but three devices S6 edge, Note 5 and S6 edge +.

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 03:51 2

12. johanbiff (Posts: 388; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)


have had mine s6 for 1year soon, on the first SW yes, I had some stutter and lag..on the 5.1.1 this does not excist..also tried the MM beta..and I promise that this phone is a beast!

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 03:47 6

11. johanbiff (Posts: 388; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)


every android phone stutters(even iphone stutters), some more some less..people who say otherwise are in denial.

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 06:18 2

18. engineer-1701d (Posts: 3271; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


no samsung dont do it you already did it 3 years ago dont be like apple and use 3yr old tech. and try to pass it on as new

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 16:06 2

38. AlikMalix (Posts: 5238; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Never seen a device from any android manufacturer with forcetouch. Which one has it?

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 16:23

40. Unordinary (Posts: 1285; Member since: 04 Nov 2015)


These kids are silly.... I could have raised 1.4billion USD myself instead of trying to win the Powerball lotto, for every time they said Android had Force Touch before Apple lmao. Let alone 3 years ago! xD xD

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 03:23

4. Arte9000 (banned) (Posts: 12; Member since: 10 Jan 2016)


iDemons wil find the so called 3D touch to be useful and their dead master cult jobs

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 03:28 6

6. submar (Posts: 417; Member since: 19 Sep 2014)


APPLE DARE CALL THAT AN UPDATE
AND ANDROID CAN CHANGE THE WALLPAPER MUCH MORE EASIER EVEN WITHOUT FORCE TOUCH

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 03:34 3

9. Modest_Moze (Posts: 112; Member since: 23 Mar 2015)


ANDROID NEWS: Touch your screen and hold for a second to change your wallpaper!!!

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 03:35

10. rubyonrails3 (Posts: 251; Member since: 01 Oct 2014)


That's only things Android can change quicker wallpaper.

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 11:04

29. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8939; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


I casn change lots of things quicker, just depends on what launcher you use.

I use Samsung's default TouchWiz launcher. With having the capability to have icons shortcuts to people I call and text often, changing wallpapers, quick toggles for the radios (all of them, not just wifi), adding home screens without being forced to use an icon to add them, reading email, texts and more are all quicker on Android.

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 04:01 1

13. shauncusi (Posts: 5; Member since: 11 Jan 2016)


Would have been useful if the Force Touch option on the Setting includes "Celluar Data".

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 04:06

14. VVayne (Posts: 82; Member since: 01 Oct 2015)


Settings shortcuts will be useful.
Good to see to expand this feature.

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 05:55

16. LittleGaGaKiller (Posts: 283; Member since: 19 Jan 2015)


still people change their Wallpaper ? i find such things so ridiculous and just for kids

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 07:03

20. cnour (Posts: 589; Member since: 11 Sep 2014)


Yes and changing themes and icons is worth (for babies).

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 10:02

26. AlikMalix (Posts: 5238; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Didn't you hear? iPhones are absolutely useless because you can't change icons and fonts. Why own a smartphone for any reason - customization is the epitome of our technology today - nothing else matters. (At least according to haters).

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 11:22

31. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8939; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


It's their preferences. Why should my device look exactly liek everyone elses? That's boring.

The benefit of cars coming in different colors is, even though 1000's of people may have the same car as you, but at least you will only se the same color at varying times.

Even though I see by Dodge more than 10 times per day, I rarely see it in the exact same color or trim level.

Peopel who want to customize and choose Android or Windows, doesn;t make them a hater.

After all, why would I need to hate you because you choose to do less.

Here let me show you how stupid your statement is:

Androids are absolutely useless because you can change icons and fonts. Why own a smartphone for any reason - customization is the epitome of our technology today - nothing else matters. (At least according to iFans).

Just because something does less, doesn't make it useless. But it does make it quite a bit less useful vs havign a device that does more which make sit more useful, even if you can use all the features.

After all, if we could buy everything only on what we needed, cars wouldnt need trim levels, houses wouldnt have a backyard or garage because you can just park on the street...right?

I mean think about it. If you car has lots of bells and whistles, even if you kept it 10 years...how often are you going to use every feature of the car? My car has lots of features in it, some I will never use. Does that mean I shouldnt have it? After all i paid for it with my money, not yours.

If you like a boring basic model that costs the same or more than my trim level, than that is your choice. But that doesnt make me a hater because I chose to have more and you didn't.

That sounds absolutely stupid, its pompus and a typical elitist wanna be fanboi way of looking at things.

Enjoy your overpriced limited toy. After all, for what the iPhone costs, it should over more than the Galaxy S and it doesn't.

More can be better, sometimes its not. Less can be better, but sometimes its not. It doesn't make you a hater because you're against more. Doesn't make me likewise because I dont want less.

It's called "preference". You iFans always wanna bash something simply because you dont have it. It's your fault you dont have it. You're the fool that keeps buying phones that dont have features and you want to have out of some stupid blind loyalty.

That si what actually makes you a hater.

It will be 2 more years because the iPhone will like sport similar features at the Galaxy S6. Like 1440p, quadcores if ever and 16MP cameras. But I dont hate it. I want that stuff now so I wont buy an iPhone. Why pay more to be behind everyone else when I can pay less and be ahead of everyone else int he things that matter to me?

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 12:08 1

32. AlikMalix (Posts: 5238; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


Who did you reply to? Because none of your accusations have anything to do with what I said. Apple doesn't do less things- it does different things. My phone is in no way limited. It's all a matter of opinion - I can say that android is limited because you can't block ads without rooting. Or control app permissions without latest version (good luck with the rest of 97% of android phones. There's no standard for video chatting, there's no standard for locating family members, there's no real assistance if you have a question regarding your device. Android doesn't push anything new other than bigger screens and more specs.

For crying out loud - I have CarPlay on my 30 year old Porsche that's fully compatible with my 6 month old phone. That's real customization. Icons and fonts? Give me a break - and you say iPhones are for teenage girls. Enjoy your Winter theme.

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 07:04 2

21. willywanta (Posts: 224; Member since: 04 Jun 2014)


I use iphone 6s plus and i rarely use the 3d touch feature.

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 07:35

22. Dr.SamX (Posts: 153; Member since: 19 Jan 2015)


3D Touch is almost like Long Touch. No big difference IMO.

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 08:36 4

23. natypes (Posts: 1081; Member since: 02 Feb 2015)


Everyone that comes into my office with an 'S' I ask them about 3d touch. I have yet to have a single person say they use it. lol

Apple is so desperately trying to achieve the same amount of functionality Android has and they have to do it with gimmicks like this. Cute.

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 09:35

24. 27satz (Posts: 125; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


What is so useful in 3D touch? Just GIMMICK. My galaxy S6 pedometer is so much handy and informative that this!

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 09:40 1

25. oozz009 (Posts: 517; Member since: 22 Jun 2015)


It is true that having a faster way to change your wallpaper is really an overdue feauture for apple. Android had a schortcut for this long time ago. But still, better late than never:D And for those who say that 3D Touch is not useful, then consider this: thanks to this feauture, the iPhone 6s/6s plus offers the most shortcuts ever in a smartphone and that makes a difference with all the time it saves you. Albeit, it's not necessary but it's still useful.

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 10:06

27. AlikMalix (Posts: 5238; Member since: 16 Jul 2014)


To me forcetouchhas the cursor scroll on the keyboard - that alone is worth more than changing fonts and icons. All the gamesand apps are embracing it, I now draw using sifferent pressure with my fingers. That's not all - And I bet there's so much more to come. There are also Java scripts that take advantage of that now. Apple should phase out long press entirely - this is the right way to rightclick.

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 11:09

30. TechieXP1969 (Posts: 8939; Member since: 25 Sep 2013)


So it looks like for the weather, on the FT menu, you will have different citiies listed.

Nice touch I guess. But on my clock widget which is the stock one, I also have several cities listed. But ll I have to do is swipe on the widget and it will change to the next city in my list. Way faster than waiting a second for the menu to popup and choosing a city in my list.

Also, for my wallpapers...my device saves all the ones that go with the theme and also the ones I used with that theme. So all i do is pick wallpaper and I see all the most recent ones I used and can add more by goign to my gallery.

I guess you have to get it the best you can.

Right now I still see it as a gimmicky feature the way Apple is using it. It will be better on Android because our devices actually have features to tie FT controls too vs Apple just making up stuff as they go along.

FT does make things faster vs scrolling endlessly through the iOS settings menu which is a pure disaster of a screen.

posted on 12 Jan 2016, 17:13

41. jeroome86 (Posts: 901; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Force touch is ok but never remember it's there.

posted on 13 Jan 2016, 10:59

44. oozz009 (Posts: 517; Member since: 22 Jun 2015)


By iOS 10, 3D will surely go the next level. That's when it's expected to reach its true potential.

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