3D Touch tricks

acosmichippo

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Let's gather a list of cool things you can do with 3D Touch. I'll try to update this post as the thread goes on.

  • Force touch home screen icons for app shortcuts
  • Force touch on keyboards to enter trackpad mode
  • force touch in lists to "peek" items. then swipe left or right for more options
  • force touch on safari links to preview the page. then swipe up for more options.
  • force touch a live wallpaper on the lock screen to see its animation
  • force swipe from the left side of the screen to enter the multitasking view.
 

RicK james

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I wasn't aware any Apple app uses the 3D Touch. Notes, calendar, clock etx. Really cool thing. Instagram 3D Touch works but Pinterest and Facebook do not yet
 

acosmichippo

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yeah it will be nice when 3rd parties get on the bandwagon.
 

Ledsteplin

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Peek at a location without opening the Maps app.
Peek at emails without opening them.

Peek at your previously taken photos in Camera mode.


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radtechy01

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While you're in the photos app you can peek and pop on a thumbnail instead of opening and backing out
 

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Regarding live wallpapers. The lighter you press on the screen, the slower the animation.
This is the case for the stock live wallpapers included with the phone. The pressure also determines how far along in the animation it goes. If you press hard right away, it goes to the "end" of the animation quickly. If you only press halfway, it goes to the halfway point. as you gradually apply or remove pressure it slowly goes back and forth in the animation. This is a pretty good way to demonstrate to someone else how sensitive the phone is, in case they were just thinking its a two level click-click kinda thing.

For Live Photos taken with the camera, pressure doesn't appear to change animation speed, in my experience
 

Anthony Carver

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Nice tips, thanks for sharing it, it will make my iPhone using experience much better.
 

Mthoroughbred

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You can also use the keyboard as a track pad when your are typing just press and you'll see the letters on the keypad disappear you will be able to them slide your finger and move the cursor anywhere you would like. If you press even harder you'll select text.
 

Anthony Carver

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Yeah, I have done that, it makes our surfing quite easy.
 

Anthony Carver

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Didn't get you could you say more specifically what you want to say there?
 
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Loving this thread. I recently upgraded to the 6S Plus for the increased screen size and didn't really put much stock in 3D Touch. I have to say though it makes things sooo much easier once you're used to it.
 

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What does trackpad mode do?
It turns the keyboard into a trackpad. You can use it to move the cursor faster and easier than you can in keyboard mode. Here's a screenshot that shows the trackpad in place of the keyboard and the cursor (blue line):
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Mrallank59

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Thanks Europa, but I still don't get it. I can make that blank keyboard appear. And if I slide my finger from side to side, the little cursor will do the same thing. Since it's blank, how do you type letters?
 
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Thanks Europa, but I still don't get it. I can make that blank keyboard appear. And if I slide my finger from side to side, the little cursor will do the same thing. Since it's blank, how do you type letters?
It's a weird technique. To invoke the touchpad you press lightly and to do actual editing you press harder. It takes practice. You don't type with the trackpad; you move the cursor, select text, highlight, and edit with it.
 
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