Am i the only one? Scrolling with force touch

x-evil-x

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Coming from a 6+ without force touch i didn't know that you can move the cursor point for typing corrections by using force touch and scrolling with your finger.
The last week and a half i was doing it the old way with the magnifying glass and hating every second of the old method.
 
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beernut

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you're discovering force touch features now that you have a phone that has it.

did you know you can force touch the left side of the screen to bring up multitask screen?
 

beernut

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force touch assistive touch to go back to Home screen (though to be fair, you have to set that up first)
 

x-evil-x

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you're discovering force touch features now that you have a phone that has it.

did you know you can force touch the left side of the screen to bring up multitask screen?
Nooooo. did not know that, pretty awesome. Anything else? I know about the different levels of things in control center
 

beernut

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Nooooo. did not know that, pretty awesome. Anything else? I know about the different levels of things in control center
well, it's kind of difficult to invoke but you can also select text using a secondary force touch after having enabled the virtual trackpad on the keyboard.

so first you force touch the keypad to get the virtual trackpad (which you now know), and then release pressure (but keeping your finger on it so that it remains a trackpad instead of switching back to keyboard) and then give it another force touch/press. it's a bit tricky to do so i rarely use it, but...there you go.
 
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x-evil-x

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well, it's kind of difficult to invoke but you can also select text using a secondary force touch after having enabled the virtual trackpad on the keyboard.

so first you force touch the keypad to get the virtual trackpad (which you now know), and then release pressure (but keeping your finger on it so that it remains a trackpad instead of switching back to keyboard) and then give it another force touch/press. it's a bit tricky to do so i rarely use it, but...there you go.
just tried it its rather quick. You can also do triple hard press(force touch plus hard press twice) to select all. you can move the cursor over to a specific word and hard press more and it will select that word.
 

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well, it's kind of difficult to invoke but you can also select text using a secondary force touch after having enabled the virtual trackpad on the keyboard.

so first you force touch the keypad to get the virtual trackpad (which you now know), and then release pressure (but keeping your finger on it so that it remains a trackpad instead of switching back to keyboard) and then give it another force touch/press. it's a bit tricky to do so i rarely use it, but...there you go.
Difficult? It's extremely easy to do and is my most used feature of 3D touch.
 

Relentless Power

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you're discovering force touch features now that you have a phone that has it.

did you know you can force touch the left side of the screen to bring up multitask screen?
Even though I like the idea of the 3D Touch on the left side of the screen, it's still inconvenient and you have To press rather hard in my opinion, especially with the Plus model.
 

beernut

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just tried it its rather quick. You can also do triple hard press(force touch plus hard press twice) to select all. you can move the cursor over to a specific word and hard press more and it will select that word.
Difficult? It's extremely easy to do and is my most used feature of 3D touch.
difficult *for me*. believe me, i want to use all the shortcuts that are available. it's just that slight lift from force press to a regular hold and back to force press that i can't do reliably to make a difference vs. the old magnifying glass method for text selection.
 

numpsy

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I always thought I read something on the jailbreak reddit about the cursor slide tweak being adopted by apple but couldn't for the life of me remember how to enable it. This is great, thanks.
 

AppleFan91

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It's incredibly useful and by far the most used feature of 3D Touch for me lol. They always advertise and show 3D Touch features like shortcuts and all that, but I've always found this to be one of the best features in the phone.
 

Macgic

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so first you force touch the keypad to get the virtual trackpad (which you now know), and then release pressure (but keeping your finger on it so that it remains a trackpad instead of switching back to keyboard) and then give it another force touch/press. it's a bit tricky to do so i rarely use it, but...there you go.
You're making this too hard on your self. Just force touch, hold it, then tap with your other finger and it will allow you to highlight.
 

beernut

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You're making this too hard on your self. Just force touch, hold it, then tap with your other finger and it will allow you to highlight.
How can you hold and tap, though? Once you release the hold to do the tap, it turns back to keyboard causing a key press.

But, like I said, it's probably just me :D
 

Macgic

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How can you hold and tap, though? Once you release the hold to do the tap, it turns back to keyboard causing a key press.

But, like I said, it's probably just me :D
Just force touch (w/right thumb), hold it, (still holding w/right thumb) then tap with your other finger (w/left thumb). This works with any combination of fingers/toes/appendage.

Capisce?
 

x-evil-x

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You can do it with one finger by force touch then pause and force touch again and it highlights. Don't need two fingers
 
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lordofthereef

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"Double click" while still 3D touching allows you to select the word or sentence or paragraph too.

I saw so much hate for 3D Touch last year and I was surprised. I couldn't tell if my enthusiasm was just weird or if people simply didn't use their phones for typing much. It's also just about the only way I go into multi tasking.