iOS 10 enhances 3D Touch's functionality with more options, pop-up widgets


Apple's pressure-sensitive 3D Touch technology is still somewhat new and feels fresh, but often redundant, due to the fact that not many 3rd party apps have embraced it. And even for those that have, 3D Touch is sometimes useful to use from the homescreen to bring out that pop-out menu for a specific icon, but when inside the actual app, its use is still pretty limited. Mostly, it's used for “peek-and-pop” actions, where pressing slightly on a picture would make it come up in full size, while pressing in hard pops the picture in full view (otherwise achieved by just tapping on the photo).

However, the company is surely not about to give up in this entirely new method of human-smartphone interaction. iOS 10 will bring about some extra features, geared towards enhancing 3D Touch's usability, especially from the homescreen.

So, we already know that Apple has started taking widgets more seriously. We will now have an entire lockscreen page, dedicated to widgets of any type and size, fully customizable by the user. However, the demo also showed us that pressing on an app's icon on the home screen will also be capable of popping this app's widget, as can be seen on the picture of the Weather app above. It's also said that, where widgets are not applicable, we will be able to see photos or even videos in these pop-ups, gradually expanding the whole “peek in” philosophy behind the pressure controls.

Expanded chat and email options in the pop-up menus were also mentioned, and we are quite curious to press on every icon as soon as we get to play with a preview of iOS 10. We also wonder if Apple plans to put some hints in apps or on app icons that there is a 3D Touch gesture available. At the moment, it's a bit tough to follow which apps support the feature and which – not.

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7 Comments

1. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Nice, yet another prime example of 3D touch merely restricting what was doable via simple gestures to just the latest devices...this is exactly what I was asking for from BlackBerry's Launcher and/or Action Launcher on the Play Store to be implemented in Nova Launcher.

3. sgodsell

Posts: 7365; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The thing is Apple from day one has been on this propaganda band wagon preaching it's like this revolutionary new tech, that people cannot live without. However all 3D touch is doing is augmenting the current touch screen capabilities that are already in every touch screen. The other thing is developers still have to support non 3D touch devices as well. So if you use it or not, it doesn't matter, because users can still ultimately do the same things, only with an extra tap or two more.

4. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

No matter how much they try to make this useful, it's useless. So glad not to many q other phones have it. Wait until Synaptics finishes perfecting it and then let's see what we get.

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31034; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Those pop-up rock, and ios 10 looks great. The deep integration is what's got me hyped.

5. RajRicardo

Posts: 495; Member since: Feb 28, 2014

This looks more like apples alternative to widgets - quick glancable info.

6. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

"We don't need widgets!" -iFans 2012

7. AlikMalix unregistered

Those that said that, probably still don't have any installed. Apple delivers information to you differently than android. I find that asking Siri for any info is faster and more direct than having limited Info you see on widgets. Others prefer to get it in form of popup notification, or compiled in the notification panel, or to some a badge saying you got 3 notifications for certain app is enough. Your problem is you generalize every iOS user into one mindset - everyone is different. Btw, have not installed one widget since it was available, even though I liked apples implementation to put widgets in slide-down notifications panel - allowing access to widgets from any screen instantly (including lock screen). So, yes I said I didn't need widgets - and I still don't. Why is that a problem for you?

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