5 apps that take advantage of the '3D Touch' screen on the iPhone 6s

5 apps that take advantage of the '3D Touch' screen on the iPhone 6s
Apple's sensual sensitive new screen technology that debuts 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 with the option titled Pop will open the message itself after previewing it, if you want to dig deeper.

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 layer added to the usual screen-plus-cover-glass setup, and it is a taptic engine that responds to your presses with subtle taps, so you know you are doing something with your presses.

The 3D Touch display comes with added elements - capacitive pressure sensors and an elaborate Taptic Engine

The 3D Touch display comes with added elements - capacitive pressure sensors and an elaborate Taptic Engine


The 3D Touch technology is available throughout the iOS 9 interface on the new iPhones, and game and app developers will have access to it so they can enrich their creations with the enhanced screen interaction. There are already a few notable apps on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus that take a thorough advantage of 3D Touch, and we are rounding them up below, together with their hard-pressed options.


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  • 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)

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34 Comments

1. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

I don't get it. Apple is trying to solve a problem that we did not have. Just long press.

2. TSMan2

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 20, 2015

Yup Anyhow the "force touch" BS takes few milliseconds longer to press. WTH they win with that? Not time though. Just to confuse the average iJoe ?

32. technosiastic

Posts: 33; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

Brother its not long press. Its hard press. This system is designed to detect the pressure of your finger....

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

If that's all you got out of 3D touch, then you need to take a nap. Just give credit where it's due. It's a sweet feature, and slick implementation.

4. TSMan2

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 20, 2015

Please explain! Other than some games . (but even there only 2 extra levels are not enough)

6. maherk

Posts: 6703; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I am really not hating on it because it is on an iPhone, but I watched a video demonstrating this technology on the Mate S, and all I could think off is how useless it is. It isn't different at all from long pressing, they could of implemented long pressing into iOS instead of bringing this gimmicky and making the battery smaller.

10. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

Exactly my thought. They could have took long pressing to an all new level with iOS 9 so that "everyone" can take advantage of it. With this they alienated me (ipad Air 2) and millions of others from it. Still offering a 16gb phone still ranks up there on my stupid Apple moves list for today but 3d touch is a very close 2nd followed by that expensive iPad pro. At $800 that is a nice Windows 10 all in one running a i5 intel processor.

19. maherk

Posts: 6703; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

12MP camera and 16GB is a bad combination.

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Dude where have you been?

18. maherk

Posts: 6703; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Super busy at my business bro. So did you get sold on any of the products unveiled today?

20. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Nope I didn't bro. I'm let down to be honest.

21. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

You right it's future apps dev might find new way to interact with device, but some people might think it's gimmick (just like air view and other gesture feature we find on touchwiz). I love featurerichtic phone, just like i love galaxy device it's better if they add multiwindow multitask for the iPhone.

22. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Jedii, why do you even bother? Cycles have a tendency to repeat, they said the same thing about the 64 bit, finger scanner and guess what? I pretty much bet you, most Android phones are going to start implementing the tech asap. I can see it now, Samsung is going to call theirs, Samsung 4D.

8. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Normal Touch = entering files etc, Long Press = Deleting or editing files, 3D Touch = Opening up shortcuts and hidden options. iPhones ill no longer be restricted to only two types of inputs.

14. TSMan2

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 20, 2015

I cross fingers , you could use all those inputs easily. And find out , and remember where they work. LOL

24. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

You force press and it opens up a window with options, then you choose which open you wont and you force touch it even harder to select it, This isn’t possible with Long press as it only reads the time your holding onto a part of the screen, using long press, you would open up a window with options but have no way of selecting a options. Keep in mind, Majority of the time 3D Touch will be used at times both Long press and normal press has its own functions

29. outcast411

Posts: 9; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

Remember Air View from samsung? Let's be honest, it's just a copy of air view made fancy with a different name to appeal the apple clueless fanboys out there! 3D B.S

30. outcast411

Posts: 9; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

Copy and rename

34. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Take a look at the IOS home screen..you can touch to open an app or long press to move an app or deleted it...There is your Problem Long press is already in use..If you wanted to add a new feature like preview you couldn't use long press because its already in use and has its own factions. This is where you would need a third user input..

5. Andrewtst

Posts: 696; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

This actually similar with Android long press but Apple did in 3 layer pressure with more awesome features. That the winning part.

12. cdm283813

Posts: 424; Member since: Jan 10, 2015

But do we need 3 layers? What if you wanted layer 2 but you pressed to hard and got level 3? Or what if you have gloves on and you only wanted a light touch but it registered as a level 2? Some people are more heavy handed then others. It just adds confusion because not every app will support this. Your brain will want to long press on a object that does not incorporate the feature. And what about legacy customers with older devices? And for me when I press hard on something I'm technically doing a long press without my brain really knowing.

25. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

You clearly have never used Forced Touch before.

7. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

So is this why the phone is a bit thicker? Anyone know?

9. TSMan2

Posts: 363; Member since: Aug 20, 2015

Yes. This 3D BS is the only reason. Because the display is thicker. But Apple desperately needs some "magic" to hold the zombies, because Apple can not give them high-end technology. So I understand them. Profit

11. buccob

Posts: 2952; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

Actually this reminded me to what the Galaxy S4 introduced with "Air Touch" for previewing and stuff and in reality that was/is more 3D than this one... But in the end they are both gimmicks... This one has a bit more usefulness but I don't see it as a revolutionary change

13. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

My macbook pro had force touch and I didn't really get into using it but who knows.. Maybe the implementation on the iPhone may work with some talented developers

31. Diezparda

Posts: 941; Member since: Oct 23, 2013

at least your are not biased by calling both are gimmicks... for me 3 layers touch seems confusing

16. palmguy

Posts: 962; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

I watched it & realize there are gonna be alot of confused grand parents & parents. Maybe even legacy users. Android trying to get simple & intuitive with material design, Apple's getting crazy confusing.

17. thegeneral7010

Posts: 437; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

Live photos is awesome

23. ravi5695

Posts: 75; Member since: Feb 11, 2011

Apple even copied live images from Lumia's Living Pictures..http://wmpoweruser.com/lumia-living-images-feature-gets-a-new-life-on-the-new-iphone/

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