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, 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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44 Comments

1. hateftotti

Posts: 228; Member since: May 03, 2011

Useless IMO

7. rubyonrails3

Posts: 375; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

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

15. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 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.

28. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 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.

34. Unordinary unregistered

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.

35. joevsyou

Posts: 1091; Member since: Feb 28, 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.

39. Unordinary unregistered

Clearly, you read my post completely wrong. And -I'M- the "idiot"? Lmao.

33. Unordinary unregistered

Useless. /s

36. AlikMalix unregistered

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.

42. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 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.

17. engineer-1701d unregistered

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

19. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

Need iPhone widgets, just swipe down my friend.

37. AlikMalix unregistered

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!

43. Mosdefnitely unregistered

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

2. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

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

3. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 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)

5. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 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

8. rubyonrails3

Posts: 375; Member since: Oct 01, 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 +.

12. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 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!

11. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

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

18. engineer-1701d unregistered

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

38. AlikMalix unregistered

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

40. Unordinary unregistered

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

4. Arte9000

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 10, 2016

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

6. submar

Posts: 713; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

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

9. Modest_Moze

Posts: 184; Member since: Mar 23, 2015

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

10. rubyonrails3

Posts: 375; Member since: Oct 01, 2014

That's only things Android can change quicker wallpaper.

29. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 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.

13. shauncusi

Posts: 8; Member since: Jan 11, 2016

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

14. VVayne

Posts: 103; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

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

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