iphone 6s 3d touch

Apple this morning unveiled its next-generation smartphone, the iPhone 6s. While it looks virtually the same as last year’s model on the outside, the inside contains tons of brand new technology—including an incredible feature called 3D Touch.

Built on the Force Touch technology first introduced in the Apple Watch, 3D Touch allows the iPhone to detect the force of a touch, opening the doors for new gestures, menus and shortcuts. Here are some of the ways you’ll be using the new feature.

On the Home screen of iOS 9, a light press on an icon gives you a menu of quick actions or shortcuts to the things you do frequently. It also works inside applications—press lightly, and it gives you a peek at the content. Continue pressing, and it pops you into the content itself.

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Sensors embedded in the display read how hard you’re pressing, and reacts in a smooth, linear way. This is a dynamic system, integrated deep into iOS 9. You can dip in and out of where you are, without loosing context. There is even tactile feedback for your actions, letting you know exactly what you’ve done and what to expect.

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3D Touch will also be used to activate Apple’s new Live Photos feature, and developers will have access to the API. So for example, with Facebook you’ll be able to update your status or check-in from the Home screen, and with Dropbox you’ll be able to view recent documents and perform searches. Apple even brought up Pixel Toys to the stage, to show how 3D Touch can be implemented into games.

Stay tuned for more coverage of 3D Touch, the new iPhone 6s and other announcements from today’s event.

  • Micrones

    Interesting application of forcetouch as 3D touch, i do like it actually and i hope the application extends more with third party applications.
    Also introduces a whole new way of using touch on smartphones generally

    • Nirvana

      SDK for 3D touch should appear in a few minutes

      • Micrones

        I agree, i do like the little touches made to iphone 6s/6s plus, but its not compelling enough for me to get the new phone, i will rather wait for iphone 7

      • Paul Meneshian

        i still have a iphone 5 so this upgraded is much needed and cant wait till they jailbreak it 🙂

  • ready1take1

    did you notice he mistakenly said “force touch” then corrected himself and said 3D touch?

    • Nirvana

      XDDD True that

      • Disqus

        What is an ‘XDDD’?

      • Nirvana

        That’s just laughing in a mad way!

      • Nirvana

        Sorry if it means something not pleasant.

    • Micrones

      Yes, i did as well, well Apple came up with both words, so they are allowed to do whatever i guess lol

    • Cameron

      its pretty much the same thing, one implemented on a trackpad, the other on a touch screen.

  • avd98

    Bite me. Waited 2 hours of lazy gaming on Apple TV and medical research to reveil a feature that is so poor. iPhone 6S with a fancy touch sensor, better camera and thinner? No thank you, i’ll wait for iPhone 7. How i miss Steve Jobs (“Who wants a stylus?”)

    • leart

      i want a pencil to draw definitely

      • Mike

        Pencil and a stylus are the same thing… Sounds like apple is copying someone now. Hmmmm….

      • Umut Bilgiç

        Lol what

      • leart

        stylus was around since dont remember well, 2003? on older ipaqs, but to see a relation between that peace of stick and this, meh

    • Umut Bilgiç

      You dont need a stylus for the iphone (whch steve jobs stated for the IPHONE) but the addition of an accessory is always welcome. It is an option. You dont have to use it. It is only for ipad pro whic makes sense. Rather than buying other 3rd party ones you can buy this apple made one which is toghtly implemented within ios 9. Makes sense to me.

  • Jason Baroni

    A new experience for shortcuts… that’s what it sounds to me by now. Can’t wait for the reviews.

    • Micrones

      Indeed, the reviews will be interesting to say the least

  • Micrones

    The features are new and different but not monumental per say. my 6s works quite well for me now, personally i will be waiting for iphone 7,and i think a lot of people will as well

    • Umut Bilgiç

      You mean your 6 plus eh?

  • Merman123

    I don’t know what you guys are talking about. I was very skeptical about force touch but I must say I’m sold now. Can’t wait.

    • avd98

      You are a sick person then.

      • Merman123

        Care to elaborate?

    • Arthur Geron

      That’s why iPhones are cash cows..

      • Elias Chao

        Apple know how to sell stuff, we already knew that, didn’t we?

        I have to admit they make me like a little bit the implementation of Force Touch on the iPhone.

      • Arthur Geron

        Apple knows how to sell the same thing with a few improvements.

  • Chintan Kankeshwar

    Will it work on 6 n 6+

    • Are you asking if the main feature of the iPhone 6S/6S+ will work on the iPhone 6/6+?

      • Mike

        Isn’t force touch the same thing as holding down on an icon then it showing more functions? I had a jailbreak tweak velox that did the same exact thing and that was on my iPhone 4

      • Umut Bilgiç

        Oh no my friend. Force touch takes pressure into account not signal duration

      • Mike

        but at the end of the day it does the same thing.

      • Iamsofakingraw

        You’re right, but what Mike mentioned completes the same task as 3D Touch. Unless 3D Touch has more applications than were mentioned, this is an easily emulated feature without the new hardware

  • GMUSIK805 .

    Its like velox

  • Tylor Jackson

    3D Touch = Velox (if Velox jailbreak will add like menu on non 3D Touch for all devices) if you agree me or disagree me.

  • Jon20

    Personally I feel that all those new UI features with 3DTouch could have been done without the 3DTouch factor and just been an upgrade with iOS 9. Especially since they didn’t give 6/6+ users the new multi-tasking features that the iPad 2 got. The technology is cool but I don’t know… They could have hooked us up. Hopefully there’s be a JB tweak that will offer this.

    • Umut Bilgiç

      Hmm i see your point but i do not agree. Force touch implements diffrent levels of pressure. So it can go deeper than tap&hold. Just like they showed, slight pressure to view and apply more pressure to fully open it all in one touch. This way yiu can control the duration of which you want you gesture to take effect.

  • justme

    waiting for JB.
    some dev will do a tweak to get those beauty live wallpapers.
    And emulate 3Dtouch on iPh 6.

  • Timothy

    As someone who works in tech support, I’m really worried this will be incredibly confusing for people, especially older people, who often tap the screen very forcefully. The idea that they will now have to play the piano rather than an organ seems like a recipe for frustration.

    • Andrew Breyen

      I do see this as an issue… I work with tech support too. Hopefully–maybe– the initial setup thing will explain well the difference.

  • Arthur Geron

    If users at least were more demanding, asking for more battery life, RAM and câmera, but all they do is change a few things and give some excuses for the 12 pixels and everyone is happy.
    No thanks, I’m going to wait until they really get on the same level of other brand’s phones. I started on 3gs, went all the way through 4,4s and stopped on 5 and I don’t regret it.