8 Things You Can Do With 3D Touch on an iPhone

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8 Things You Can Do With 3D Touch on an iPhone

Postby Grace Liu » 06 Dec 2016 14:59

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:D :D The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus are the first iPhones to feature “3D touch”, now iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus also have 3D touch, too. 3D Touch allows the iPhone to detect how hard you’ re pressing, and you can press harder on the screen in some places to do different things.

When you press down on the screen, the glass bends a tiny bit. A capacitive sensor under the glass measures the distance between the sensor and your finger to determine how hard you’re pressing down.

①Use a keyboard Touchpad
This extremely useful feature has been overlooked, but 3D Touch offers an easy way to position your text cursor while typing. Rather than touching somewhere in the block of text you’ re typing, you can use a much more precise method.
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②Activate quick actions on your screen
Most of Apple’ s default apps now include “Quick Actions” you can access right from your home screen. Many third-party apps have also added quick actions, plus, more and more apps are supporting this.
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③Switch between apps
Rather than double-pressing the Home button twice to open the app switcher, you can hard-press the left edge of the screen and swipe to the right to quickly switch to a previous app. Swipe enough to the right and you’ ll simply swipe an old app onto your screen, but you can also swipe a bit to the right and release. The app switcher will then appear, just as if you had double-pressed the Home button.
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④Draw with pressure sensitivity
3D Touch enabled pressure-sensitive drawing in different note-taking and drawing applications. For example, the Notes application included with your iPhone has support for this. Evernote, Microsoft’ s OneNote, and Paper have already added support for this, too.
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⑤”Peek” and swipe up
Apple is attempting to create some new interaction methods, which it’ s named “Peek” and “Pop”. These are supported throughout many of Apple’s own apps, and third-party apps are beginning to support them, too.
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⑥”Pop”
If you decide you want to load the thing you’ re previewing, you can press down even harder. That’ s the “pop” action. The item you’ re “peeking” at will then “pop” into view, loading as a normal web page, email, photo, map, or other item of its type would.

⑦Play live photos (as an Animated lock screen, too)
If you’ve taken live photos, you can open the Photos app and hard-press a photo to make it animate.
Apple also allows you to use live photos as an animated lock screen. You can take your own live photos and then set them as your lock screen, but your iPhone also includes a few default live photos you can set as your lock screen.
These won’ t always appear animated on your lock screen, however. You’ ll need to hard-press on your lock screen after setting a live photo as your background. The live photo will then animate.
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⑧Adjust the sensitivity or turn it off
If you’d like to adjust 3D Touch’ s settings, you can open Settings > General > Accessibility > 3D Touch. From here, you can disable or enable 3D Touch and control how sensitive it is.
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This can’ t be a complete list, of course. New types of applications — especially games experimenting with new input schemes — could use 3D Touch in a wide variety of different ways. 3D Touch is really just a new type of input, and it’ s up to app developers to take that and run with it. But you can expect many applications to support peek, pop, quick actions, and the other features Apple has started off with.
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