Hands-On With 3D Touch on the New iPhone 6s Plus

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    The standout new feature of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus is 3D Touch, which Apple is billing as an evolution of Multi-Touch. The new feature allows the display to sense how much pressure is being applied, opening up new ways for users to interact with their phones. We went hands-on with the 6s Plus and explored what the feature is capable of.

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    3D Touch can be used both in and out of apps. Outside of apps, on the Home Screen, a user can press down on an app's icon to quickly interact with the app. This feature is called Quick Actions. For instance, pressing on the Phone app allows you to quickly call a recent contact. Or, pressing down on the Camera icon allows you to quickly take a selfie.

    Inside of apps, 3D Touch allows users to "Peek" and "Pop" into their content. For instance, within the Messages app a user can press down on a contact's message thread to see their latest message and then press down harder to Pop into the thread to reply. Finally, 3D Touch can be used to turn the keyboard into a trackpad.

    Apple notes that creating 3D Touch was "unbelievably hard", and that the company had to work with Corning to create a new pliable iPhone cover glass. When the glass is pressed, the 96 sensors embedded in the backlight display to measure microscopic changes between it and the glass. The measurements are combined with the touch sensor to sync finger motion with images on the screen.

    On first impression, users are enjoying 3D Touch. MacRumors forum member jsmith189 said he thinks it could become an integral part of navigating an iPhone.
    Other users, like forum member Boardiesboi, note that the feature does take getting used to and that he adjusted the sensitivity on the feature so that it responds to lighter touches.

    Users who prefer to use screen protectors on their devices shouldn't hesitate to purchase one for the iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, as Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller confirmed in an email to 3D Techtronics that screen protectors would work with the new display technology as long as they comply with Apple's design guidelines.

    While 3D Touch is mostly compatible with Apple apps so far, third party companies are likely to embrace the new functionality in their apps in the near future. Today, Twitter updated its app to take advantage of the feature, allowing users to quickly access search or compose new tweets from the home screen.

    Article Link: Hands-On With 3D Touch on the New iPhone 6s Plus
  2. spentan macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2009
    Its amazing, magical. srs.

    I got a Rose Gold 6S Plus today, and the 3D Touch is really really cool. Probably something I'll get used to and then will miss it if I'm using a different phone.

    Also, Safari is definitely snappier
  3. redheeler macrumors 604


    Oct 17, 2014
    I've been enjoying Force Touch/3D Touch and its limited uses on my 6s+, and I can already tell that, like Touch ID, this is something I wouldn't want to be without.
  4. Mr. Chewbacca macrumors 6502a

    Mr. Chewbacca

    Apr 27, 2010
    Dallas TX
    I didn't think it would be that big of a deal on the Mac until I started using it.. Awesome! I really notice it being gone when I use my older machine. I'm sure this will become a staple in how we use the phones.
  5. rulymammoth macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2015
    I've hardly used force touch on my new Mac, but I'm sure I'll use it quite a bit on my iPhone. WE just need more third party apps to support it.
  6. kagharaht macrumors 6502a

    Oct 7, 2007
    Someone really needs a way to explain pundits on how this is different from press and hold on a active link or data detectors actions. You can read how dismissive some of the comments online regarding 3D Touch.
  7. balconycollapse macrumors regular

    Aug 7, 2003
    Ames, IA
    I don't plan on getting the 6s+ (currently have the 6+) -- but good lord 3D Touch is pretty amazing from afar.

    Here they took this two dimensional xy input plane and used sneaky engineering to make it seem malleable into the z direction with haptic feedback. That's some rad stuff you must credit that.
  8. JohnApples macrumors 65816

    Mar 7, 2014
    I don't think any amount of words will really make them change their minds. They'd need to experience it in person, and then get used to it by using it daily for a while. Only then might they see how useful it is.

    That said, I only played around with it for 10 minutes and I already miss it! Will be waiting eagerly for the 7.
  9. Pfunstuff macrumors member


    Sep 16, 2015
    Oviedo, FL
    3D touching to get the app switcher to activate is definitely my least favorite of the force actions so far on the 6s Plus...
  10. redheeler macrumors 604


    Oct 17, 2014
    It helps when a long press does something entirely different, like enter wiggle mode, instead of a long force press which brings up a menu. Same with links in Safari, only instead of bringing up a menu like a regular long press would, it previews the link.

    It remains to be seen how developers will truly take advantage of this feature.
  11. naeS1Sean macrumors 6502a


    Oct 14, 2011
    Scranton, PA
    I have to say my wife and I are loving our new phones...
  12. macfacts macrumors 68030


    Oct 7, 2012
    This 3d touch peek seems a lot like samsung's s pen's air view from 2012.
  13. redheeler macrumors 604


    Oct 17, 2014
    I actually like it. Just takes some practice, and I wish it would work in landscape mode as well.
  14. DamnDJ macrumors regular


    Feb 17, 2003
    Denver, CO
    Obviously I've only had the phone for less than a day, so it remains to be seen how useful it is or isn't in my daily use of the phone long term. I just don't feel it adds much to the experience as of yet. Perhaps when more apps support the feature, it will offer something unique.
  15. Designx macrumors regular

    Mar 15, 2012
    I'm surprised by the amount of pressure I need to apply to get it to work. I get the wiggle icons more often than not.
  16. redheeler macrumors 604


    Oct 17, 2014
    You can adjust the sensitivity in Settings > General > Accessibility > 3D Touch.
  17. Designx macrumors regular

    Mar 15, 2012
  18. Eduardo1971 macrumors 65816


    Jun 16, 2006
    Lost Angeles, Ca. usa
    Thanks-I was going to ask the same question as I though something was also wrong with mine.
  19. nutjob macrumors 6502a

    Feb 7, 2010
    With all this hard pressing it's a good thing this phone bends less.
  20. bigchrisfgb macrumors 65816

    Jan 24, 2010
    Has anyone else been able to get it to work on the Music app? It doesn't work on it for me.
  21. trifid macrumors 68000


    May 10, 2011
    Anyone else notice or is annoyed by this or am I alone: going from lock screen or any app to home screen and trying to use 3d touch immediately won't work. It seems it takes a second or so for it to start receiving input.

    This seems rather annoying and seems to defeat the purpose of 3D touch for shortcuts since I'd rather open the full app (phone or camera) than wait a second or so for 3d touch to work.
  22. kwokaaron, Sep 25, 2015
    Last edited: Sep 26, 2015

    kwokaaron macrumors 6502a


    Sep 20, 2013
    Tried it out in store. The problem right now is that a lot of the preinstalled first-party applications don't even support the basic home screen shortcuts, which basically means that I have to remember/try which apps have shortcuts and which don't. Something they should try to do is possibly add some sort of visual hints as to where there are force touch actions available.
  23. Max(IT) Suspended


    Dec 8, 2009
    I have to try it, because from a video I can't really say if it is useful or not
  24. ellsworth macrumors 6502a

    Jun 13, 2007
    Kinda bummed that this is hardware based and not software based. I guess something new needed to be added to the 6S in order to get people to buy it. Maybe next year will bring something new an exciting as well.
  25. Carlanga macrumors 604


    Nov 5, 2009
    If you mean peak, it works with my 6S, you need to press just as hard as you do w the other apps. I also have the setting set to light.
    IDK how you would get different pressure measurements w/out hardware to detect it lol

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