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Apr 12, 2001

Apple introduced the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus with several new features this week, one of the most significant being 3D Touch. The pressure-sensing technology enables iPhone users to perform additional multi-touch gestures called "Peek" and "Pop" to access Quick Action shortcut menus or preview content within apps.

Apple added a 3D Touch page to its website earlier this week with some examples of what Peek and Pop gestures can be used for, including previewing emails and websites, viewing photos you've taken while taking new ones, quickly accessing your contacts, taking a selfie, quick compose and more.


One of the more useful actions that 3D Touch makes possible is pressing the iPhone screen to turn the on-screen keyboard into a virtual trackpad (pictured on left).
One press turns your keyboard into a trackpad.
Press the keyboard within apps such as Notes, Mail, and Messages, and your keyboard behaves just like a trackpad. You can then use a cursor to easily select and manipulate text with precision.
Existing iPads running iOS 9 will also have similar functionality, with users able to control an on-screen cursor by moving two fingers anywhere on the screen, including over the QuickType keyboard, to select, edit and move text.

3D Touch also enables iPhone 6s and 6s Plus users to press the left side of the Home screen to switch to multitasking view, press lightly for finer lines or more deeply for thicker ones in Notes, swipe left to delete an email or swipe right to mark it as unread in Mail and more.

Article Link: 3D Touch Brings Trackpad Shortcut to iPhone 6s Keyboard
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Glassed Silver

macrumors 68020
Mar 10, 2007
Kassel, Germany
Allow me to use Bluetooth mice already.
I get that a desktop OS interface makes no sense on a mobile device with touch input, I get that you don't want touch-oriented OS GUIs on the desktop, however, the reason for the big buttons (that by the way got a lot smaller, especially with the surge of using small text links) is that they are easier to hit with a thick finger.
That doesn't explain why I can't use a device with more precision.
I hate raising my hands and operating the screen to move in text in Pages on my iPad.
The Smart Case is unstable as it is.

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macrumors 603
Dec 9, 2008
By biggest question about 3D Touch on the new devices:

Is there a keyboard option in preferences to enable taptic engine feedback for keyboard presses??? To essentially emulate tactile feedback of a physical keyboard on the iPhone keyboard. To me, this would be AWESOME.
Ever since learning about haptic feedback, I've been really eager to have tactile feedback of a keyboard delivered via a flat surface… but I think Apple specifically refers to their vibration motor as a "Taptic engine" to imply that it only simulates taps. :(


macrumors 6502a
Mar 28, 2009
I was excited for this when they unveiled it for iOS 9 but guess they just saved it for the S models and the ipad. Highlighting text is a pain sometimes... must resist upgrading lol


macrumors regular
Sep 14, 2007
This was working on iPhones in the beta but they turned it off, I guess for this model of phone to have it exclusively. It worked great and should be returned to the older iPhones.

How did you trigger it and use it?


macrumors 68000
Jan 6, 2005
This seems to be exactly the type of hardware/software integration which will make Apple take a clear lead in the home computing and mobile business. Maybe not straight away but definitely within the next 5-10 years.


macrumors 601
Mar 18, 2009
This was working on iPhones in the beta but they turned it off, I guess for this model of phone to have it exclusively. It worked great and should be returned to the older iPhones.

It was working using 2 fingers like on the iPads. On the 6s it's using 3D Touch to enable the cursor.

I think I saw someone mention that the 2 finger method was working in the GM though?


macrumors 6502
Mar 13, 2012
Definitely one of the cooler things they've done recently. Don't know of any Android phones with Force Touch-er, 3D Touch.


macrumors demi-god
Sep 13, 2014

Please don't overlook this!

Apple removed this from all iPhones in beta 3 in order to make it 6s exclusive.

It was working just fine but they took it away.

This is a move I cannot accept.

Show some evidence?

I'm not trying to outright say I don't believe you, it's just that I don't remember this feature on my 6+ when I was testing out the beta releases. You're probably right but I need to be sure...


macrumors regular
Jul 7, 2015
Northern NJ
I actually think this variation of the S model turned out to be a very nice upgrade.

But then again....that battery...

Oh well we'll still love them!!
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