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The new iPhones are upon us and with them comes a headline feature: 3D Touch. Its name might suggest a marketing gimmick though 3D Touch is anything but, thanks to Apple’s clever, elegant implementation.

In a word, 3D Touch is fast and instantaneous, unlike the tap-and-hold gesture, and responds to different levels of pressures. It’s used to access app-specific shortcuts right from your Home screen.

Within apps, 3D Touch lets you peek something without leaving the context of what you’re doing or pop from a content preview into the full view. We’ve put together a quick list of ten popular third-party applications for your brand spanking new iPhone 6s that have been graced with 3D Touch shortcuts and gestures.

Download them now and start peeking and popping like there’s no tomorrow.

1. Dropbox

Use 3D Touch on Dropbox’s Home screen icon to check out your most recently actioned file or folder. Other shortcuts include accessing your offline files, uploading photos and videos and even searching your Dropbox.

Dropbox for iOS 3D Actions

Inside the app, press a file name lightly for a preview, or a folder to view its contents. To pop from a preview into the full file or folder, just press a little deeper.

Grab Dropbox free in the App Store.

2. Carrot Weather

Press the app icon from the Home screen to quickly search for a new location or bring up one of your saved locations.

CARROT Weather is $3.99 in the App Store.

3. Launch Center Pro

One of the most popular automation utilities, Launch Center Pro has Home screen shortcuts via 3D Touch for ridiculously fast access to complex actions in a single tap.

Launch Center Pro for iOS 3D Actions

As TechCrunch’s Sarah Perez explains, these Quick Actions have been specifically created with 3D Touch in mind. Here’s how Launch Center Pro’s 3D Touch-enabled Quick Actions look like and work in a real life scenario.

Launch Center Pro is $4.99 in the App Store.

4. Pinterest

Pinterest lets you peek and pop into Pins within the app. You can also press Pinterest’s Home screen icon firmly in order to access shortcuts to the app’s search, creating a Board or seeing what’s popular and trending on the service.

Pinterest for iOS 3D Actions

Within the Pinterest app itself, you can press any Pin to get a bigger preview and quickly Pin, like or send. Press the board name to get a preview of the board it came from.

Grab Pinterest free of charge in the App Store.

5. Sky Guide

This stargazing app makes good use of 3D Touch. In addition to checking out quick previews of articles while browsing the search menu with peek and pop gestures, you can press firmly on the Sky Guide icon on the Home screen for shortcuts to your Favorites, Search or Satellites.

Sky Guide is $2.99 in the App Store.

6. Spark

Spark is my new personal favorite when it comes to mobile email clients. In addition to a sleek interface and incredibly rich feature set and third-party service integration, the most recent update has brought out a few handy shortcuts to the Home screen.

Spark for iOS 3D Actions

As shown on the image, you get shortcuts to commonly used features such as New Email, Smart Search, Attachments and other options, like opening the app’s calendar widget to see what’s happening.

7. Workflow

Another powerful iOS automation utility has picked up support for 3D Touch, adding a new dimension to your workflows. Press firmly on a workflow to take a peek or on Workflow’s app icon on the Home screen for quick shortcuts to your workflows.

Workflow is $3.99 in the App Store.

8. Shazam

Press firmly on the Shazam’s icon on the Home screen for a quick shortcut to start Shazaming immediately. Or, just ask Siri to name that tune.

Grab Shazam at no charge in the App Store.

9. Scanner Pro by Readdle

Readdle’s document scanner let you scan things faster by pressing firmly on the app icon on the Home screen and selecting the New Scan shortcut.

Scanner Pro for iOS 3D Actions

10. PDF Expert and Documents by Readdle

Both PDF Expert, a PDF annotation and management app, and Documents, a file manager, support 3D Touch shortcuts on the Home screen. In Documents, for instance, pressing the app’s icon firmly brings up shortcuts for accessing your Recently Opened files, Favorites, Search and Open in Browser.

Documents for iOS 3D Actions

But why would you want to use Documents’ Quick Search from the Home screen shortcut as opposed to searching Documents’ contents with Spotlight? Because Documents’ Quick Action Search does full text search, meaning you can find anything you need in the body of a document, and that cannot be accomplished using Spotlight.

Scanner Pro is $2.99 in the App Store.

We’re also starting to see first games with 3D Touch support.

For instance, Zorg Entertainment’s AG Drive, a futuristic racer for the iPhone and iPad, has been refreshed with faster, flashier graphics with greater detail and 3D Touch support on the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus.

Sadly, developers haven’t shared a word on how the game takes advantages of pressure sensing so you’ll have to check it out yourself.

If any of your own personal favorites that are not listed here have been refreshed with official support for peek, pop and other 3D Touch perks, let us know in the comments.

  • EduHH

    Is it me or my new iPhone, I have to press really hard to activate the ForceTouch.

    • That_Fruitarian

      You can adjust its sensitivity in settings. I don’t think I want it popping up every time I touch the screen.

      • EduHH

        Thanks for reply. I put it on high sensitivity. It is much better now.

      • That_Fruitarian

        Sweet!!! I’m just glad the have settings for it.

  • InfinitePlusOne

    Is there any real use of it or does it just save some click

    • That_Fruitarian

      All the reviews seem to suggest it improves productivity along with other enhancements in iOS 9. When I get my unit, I’ll let you know.

    • Moltakfire

      I’ve had it for a few hours now, and at first I had thought it was something I wouldn’t use, but I can see why reviewers are commending it. It’s actually really intuitive, and saves me a lot of time, haha.

      • raulortiz318

        I’m liking it so far myself. For certain tasks, like composing new Tweets, messages, etc, I hope that in the next OS instead of opening the app to that section, a pop over would happen so you never have to enter the app itself.

  • Flume

    Things too

  • iPhoneWINS

    i like this

  • Jamessmooth

    That QR code reader shortcut is super cool. Can’t wait until other apps follow suit… Like week calendar.

    • Jamessmooth

      This may also get me to use launch center pro again, and possibly other apps I don’t use anymore.

    • Duarte O.Carmo

      Wechat aded that like 2 days after 3Dtouch got released

  • abbyruleover

    SPGs latest update has the force touch support too.

  • Andrea La Rocca

    Instagram does it too

    • Duarte O.Carmo

      And they do it so well

  • John

    I bet some guy will press so hard, he’ll break his screen

  • Alberto Espinal

    Instagram is so damn cool to peek on a video and play it!!

    • Duarte O.Carmo


  • Jonathan

    What’s that song in the Launcher video example?

  • Duarte O.Carmo

    Why doesn’t Twitter, WhatsApp, or even Snapchat, take advantage of this???