3D Touch is official on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, adds a completely new layer of functionality

So far, rumors heard on the street are proving to be spot on. Case in point: the new iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, announced moments ago on stage by Apple, will indeed feature 3D Touch tech.

So what's 3D Touch tech? Alike to Force Touch in the Apple Watch, it means that the touchscreens on the new iPhones will be able to tell apart between light, medium, and hard taps, allowing for a completely new layer of functionality. Apple actually demo'd a number of examples, all of which looked very compelling. 

For starters, 3D Touch will let you access pre-defined actions within built-in apps, including navigation to home by hard-pressing on the Apple Maps app icon, or serve as a shortcut to the selfie camera after hard-pressing the Camera app. Within E-mail, you can hard-press on a message to take a peek at the content, and you can immediately check that address that a friend just texted you on a map by just pressing. What's more, after you've activated 3D Touch already, you can continue holding your finger down in order to enter full-screen instead of looking at just a preview window. 

As you can imagine, 3D Touch will also work within games (granted the developer took advantage of the functionality) and allow for more sophisticated controls. For example, light taps are your standard attack in that new FPS game, while a harder press will trigger you special ability and obliterate an entire field of enemies.

In all, 3D Touch is looking quite promising, and given developers' great interest in reaching Apple users, we can sit secure in the knowledge that it won't be too long until most of our favorite third-party apps are updated to take advantage of the new tech.



1. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

So this is the game changing feature...

6. AnTuTu

Posts: 1623; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

He says more and more Android customers are switching to iPhones hahahahahahahaha and then waits for applaud LMAO

12. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

I know right? Does seem like a gimmick more than this "new" Layers of functionality... SMH

21. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

But how much is the RAM?

25. darkkjedii

Posts: 31749; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Apple usually doesn't announce ram during an unveiling. ifixit.com usually announces it, during their teardown of the devices.

27. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

Or trough some benchmark. I hope they put 2GB od RAM.

40. engineer-1701d unregistered

i remember seeing the 6s with 1gb and the plus with 2 but i have to find the article

11. TNBorg

Posts: 11; Member since: Sep 08, 2015

No but it's interesting - adds a lil magic to the boring launcher, looks cool to me.

29. j2001m

Posts: 3061; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Hm, it's a copy of Samsung air view but with touch, no joke a direct copy but you need to touch the screen to get the preview, what a joke

39. engineer-1701d unregistered

so its like samsungs air view from note 2 and gs4 and 5 that apple fans called a gimmick, its a beefed up and its nice its the only thing with force touch that makes sence

2. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

It's like Google's crappy circle camera App. Lol

3. zig8100

Posts: 244; Member since: Dec 13, 2012

Wonder what a glass screen cover will do to the functionality of this feature.

41. engineer-1701d unregistered

say bye bye just like otter box and touch id

4. Denco

Posts: 118; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

Gimmicky Force Touch. Crap.

9. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

If this works well, it's faaaaaar from a gimmick. If it is half-assed solution like knuckle gestures on Huawei P8 then yes.

5. An.Awesome.Guy

Posts: 636; Member since: Jan 12, 2015

So ,the question is : Will this let using the iphone easier to handle or more complex ?

10. Shocky unregistered

Definitely more complex.

7. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

This is the only thing I am interested in. Only that Force Touch implementation on the iPhone.

8. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Lately Apple have been coping others a lot. Not that it's illegal or something, but you expect the industry leader to act like a leader, not a follower. 1. Large-display phones - check 2. Smartwatch - check 2. Large screen tablet - check 4. Remember those stylus dialogues - check! 5. Multi-window - check Hardly a list which shows innovation that they tout on every speech. In reality, Apple is now a total technology follower. Here's what will happen within next 2 years: 1. Round smartwatch 2. Curved display in phone Mark this post and come back again in 2 years time during another Apple event!

19. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

have you look at HTC and Samsung phones?.. dont they look more and more like iphones every year

36. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

YO!!! What up! MAN it's been such a LONG time!!!!! Good to see you around. I hope you and your family are doing well.

38. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

SAE I am back baby..

44. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Nice, I am going to look out for you! +1

42. engineer-1701d unregistered

i think they have all gotten to a point where no one knows what to do techs not there yet to go crazy with microsoft they could do a thicker phone with hologram assistant and pics in hologram form

23. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Lately major android OEM's are copying the things most android fans hate on iPhones like no removable batteries and no SD slots. But hey Apple is stupid for copying all the good things of android while android OEM's are smart for cppying all the bad things about iPhones. Right?

35. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

Android OEM's? You mean Samsung. Not Right. S6 and Note 5 doesn't have microSD slot, I have explained the reasons multiple times here. So I won't go there again. But they still have microSD on all other models like A8, A7, J5, J7 etc., LG has microSD HTC has microSD Nexus never had microSD Xiaomi never had micrSD Huawei has microSD in many models. So what's your incorrect point again?

43. engineer-1701d unregistered

sd card is back for unibody gs7, thanks to complaints and googles android m using sd as native mem

24. Penny

Posts: 1871; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

So I wrote an emphatic comment regarding your round smartwatch restriction, and thought it better if I toned it down a little. Watches are often round. Watch manufacturers often make rectangular watches as well as round watches. Both options, and even more shapes, are available to anybody who wants to make it. Shapes are free for all. There, got that out of the way.

34. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

I like emphatic comments, really. Blurt it out, have fun!

13. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

I can't wait for the first complaints of a customer pressing or squeezing too hard and cracking the screen. "What do you mean that's not a tap?".

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