New tweak lets older iPhone hardware mimic 3D Touch

Force Touch Activator

A new jailbreak tweak called Force Touch Activator was recently released on Cydia’s BigBoss repo, and it lets users on older hardware running iOS 8 mimic the 3D Touch effect that’s headlining the launch of the iPhone 6s.

Real 3D Touch requires a pressure sensitive screen, which is a part of the new hardware found in the new iPhone 6s. Older hardware, like the iPhone 6, lacks the pressure sensitive screen, so jailbreak tweak developers have to look for unique ways to try to bring similar functionality to older devices.

I’ll be honest and say that Force Touch Activator is pretty much nothing like 3D Touch—you don’t have the nuanced sensitivity levels, you don’t have haptic feedback, and most importantly, you lack a true pressure sensitive screen—but it’s an interesting tweak for jailbreakers to try nonetheless. Watch our hands-on video walkthrough inside, and see for yourself.

Once you install Force Touch Activator, you’ll need to open up the Settings app and configure an Activator action to mate with the “Force Touch” gesture. Once you do, you can invoke your action from anywhere on the screen using a simulated 3D Touch.

Force Touch Activator works by sensing the change in radius of your finger when pressing the screen. When you tap the screen lightly, less of your finger is touching the display. When you perform a firmer press, more of your finger is touching the display, which Force Touch Activator is able to sense.

Again, you don’t actually need to press firmly on the display, it just has to sense that more of your finger is touching the display that it normally would with a regular touch. For that reason, I found that simply rolling your finger on the screen was a good way to invoke Force Touch Activator.

Force Touch Activator is a clever tweak, but it’s limited in scope. Users are only able to pair one Activator action with the mimicked gesture, so usability is limited.

If you want to try Force Touch Activator on your jailbroken device, you can do so today. Just head over to the BigBoss repo where it can be downloaded for free.

What do you think?