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.

Related phones

iPhone 6s
  • Display 4.7 inches
    1334 x 750 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A9 APL0898
    2GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, not expandable
  • Battery 1715 mAh
  • OS iOS 13.x


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