5 apps and tweaks that use 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s in unique ways

5 apps and tweaks that use 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s in unique ways
Apple's new pressure-sensitive screen technology that made a cameo with the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus is aptly named 3D Touch. Unlike the Force Touch tech on the Apple Watch, the 3D Touch screen functionality of the new iPhones can distinguish between light, medium, and hard taps, allowing for inventive new ways to interact with your apps and games. The so-called Peek option that can preview emails in your inbox, for instance, requires a medium touch, while pressing harder is the option titled Pop, and it will open the message itself.

The extra layer of capacitive sensors take milliseconds to measure minute changes in the distance between the cover glass and the backlight, and then iOS reacts according to the pressure applied. There is one more element added to the usual screen-plus-cover-glass setup, and it is a taptic engine that responds to your presses with subtle feedback, so you know you are doing something with your presses. 

We already rounded up some must-have apps that have been updated for the new 3D Touch realities, but this technology is so fresh, that developers have come up with other unique ways to take advantage of the pressure-sensitive iPhone 6s display, check them out.

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iPhone 6s
  • Display 4.7" 750 x 1334 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Apple A9 APL0898, Dual-core, 1840 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 1715 mAh(14h 3G talk time)



1. JMartin22

Posts: 2380; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

I always found 3D Touch kind of novel and useless for general advertised use, but the scale app is actually quite nice for work-related purposes at my job of measuring weights of finished products when my company scale is always hogged up.

2. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

May I ask what stuffs you weight with your phone?

6. neela_akaash

Posts: 1239; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

What is the weight limit of the 3D touch? I mean, how many kilos it can measure?

10. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

You are full of it and you know it!

3. joevsyou

Posts: 1093; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

isn't shazam built into siri? why not just open that. then with android you can just have a button on your screen that goes straight to listing mode

4. Brewski

Posts: 723; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

Yeah, Shazam using this feature is kinda lame. I have an Android and use SoundHound. When I touch the application icon on my main screen it instantly starts listening.

5. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

IMA use the first one for the good-good. Yknow, when the times are needed...knowehatimsayin?

7. shahrooz

Posts: 792; Member since: Sep 17, 2013


8. mildorzalost

Posts: 143; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

This is so SAD... 2 of 5 things need jailbreak, and other 2 are just the same... shortcuts... Shazam doesn't need that, android have widgets and Windows Phone have a free and fast native song recognition service attached to cortana that opens with just one touch to the search key wherever you are on the system... So what's the point? Really for talking a selfie or find a song... you spend exactly the same time if you touch the icon and the change the camera (that is super fast in mist flagships, iphone included) or if you hard press the icon, wait 1.5secs in animations, slide your finger, and select selfie... it's even word for shazan because you have to find the icon first, that's harder than find the widget or open cortana

9. nepalisherpa

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

iOS also has Shazam built-in. You don't need to download Shazam separately. If you do, you get those 3D Touch access. On 6S/6S Plus, you can have Siri recognize songs without even touching the phone.

11. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Number 1 is the only unique feature. 2. I do that with a resizable shazam widget 3. I do that with the clear-all button 4. Uhm...faster performance due to less detail-processing is nothing unique 5. Fancy an in-app shortcut...I do that via long-press in-app.

12. nepalisherpa

Posts: 338; Member since: Jul 17, 2015

#2. No need for a widget as Siri can recognize songs without you even touching the phone. #3. iOS also has clear all button. #4. I agree #5. No need to as Siri can recognize songs

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