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3D Touch is a pressure sensitive technology first introduced in MacBook and Apple Watch. Eventually, this feature came to later generations of iPhone, starting from iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. This function performs depending on how hard the display is pressed, allowing the users to carry out certain tasks quickly. With the force applied to the device, you can easily reply to notifications, preview messages, switch keyboards, switch apps and more. This technology lets you navigate around your iPhone faster and easier! If you still haven’t made the most out of this handy feature, read on to get started.
Activating 3D Touch
3D Touch is activated by default in newer generations of iPhone (except the SE), although you have the option to adjust its settings or even turn it off. To turn on (or off) 3D Touch, go to Settings > General > Accessibility, and then tap 3D Touch. If you want to adjust the pressure needed to activate 3D Touch, you can choose from light to firm. You can test each setting using the demo to make sure you get the best option.
Peek and pop
Peek and pop are pressure-sensitive gestures that allow you to preview contents of a message, document, web page or other links without opening the app involved. It also provides you with quick actions, allowing you to act on it without having to launch the full app. This is helpful and convenient when you’re working between multiple apps.
1. Press on the item you want to peek at.
2. The rest of the screen will blur and the item will be highlighted.
3. If you want to access quick actions, swipe up from the peek and tap the quick action you want to perform.
To pop into an item and make it full screen:
1. Press to peek at the item.
2. Press firmly to pop into it.
To go back to previous app:
1. Press deeper on the left side of the screen or use the back link button at the top left of the screen.
2. Swipe to the right.
Typos are inevitable especially if you spend a big part of your day typing on touch screens. When this happens, it can be difficult to get the cursor in the right area where you need to edit. But worry no more as iPhone makes the process easier with its pressure-sensitive screen. With this feature, you can press down on the keyboard to turn it into a trackpad. This lets you move the cursor by swiping instead of tapping your finger in the right spot.
To activate trackpad:
1. Launch the app you want to use and bring up the keyboard.
2. Input some text.
3. Firmly press on the keyboard.
4. Swipe your finger around the keyboard to move the cursor.
To switch between moving cursor and selecting text:
1. Launch the app that you’ll be using.
2. Press firmly on the keyboard.
3. Type in some text.
4. Once you navigated the cursor to your desired location, hard press to highlight text, and continue pressing until the rest of the text block is selected.
5. Release to finish.
These are just some Force Touch features available in iOs. It may take a bit of practice to get used to it but trust us, it’s going to be handy. Try it now and see for yourself!
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