Recently apple has introduced a new version of iOS in iPhone 6s and 6s plus. The software is equipped with a new technology called 3D touch. This technology enables user to use different kinds of shortcuts directly from the home screen making the use more easy and attractive. A number of new apps are also updated that now run on 3D touch technology. The overall look of these apps has changed with the introduction of this technology and it has given a new dimension to the iPhone.
What features 3D touch brought in?
3D touch has given a new dimension to the users for interaction. Besides some of the multi-touch gestures like pinch, tap and swipe, 3D touch has also introduced variety of new functions. Now people can choose application specific actions directly from the home screen just by pressing the app icon. Within an app various touch pressures can be used to get the preview of the item. These pressures will enable the item to open in a separate view and perform the related actions. 3D touch provides its users with different types of features and allows the phones to respond with subtle touch. Now you will not only see what a press can do but you will also feel its presence. Some of the main features are:
Peek and pop
With this features user can view the app in a more effective and efficient manner. As the user presses the app icon more deeply, this feature proceeds in three different phases:
1. It gives the user indication that the content preview is available.
2. It displays the preview which is known as the peek. The preview opens up with different types of options that can be used for further actions. These options are known as the peek quick actions.
3. Optional navigation to the view that is displayed in the preview is known as pop.
Home screen quick actions
Before the introduction of 3D touch, users were able to launch the app by just tapping it. But now with the induction of 3D touch, different actions have also been introduced. Now by pressing the app icon user obtains a set of quick actions. These actions involve all the important and relevant options about the app and these options can be selected directly from the home screen without going into the app. Quick actions can be performed from the home screen just with a single touch, for example if you want to see your favorite contact you just need to press the phone icon.
What are the top 10 apps running 3D touch technology?
There is no doubt that this innovative technology has changed the user experience. 3D touch is considered as one of the most important features in the latest IOS software and a lot of apps are now working with this technology. These 3D touch based apps have changed the dimension of new iPhone 6s and 6S plus. Some of the apps that are running on new 3D technology are:
1. Apple built-in apps
1. There are number of Apple built-in apps that are now running on the 3D touch technology. Some of the built in apps:
- Camera: By using 3D touch, users can now easily take a selfie, record videos and record slow-mo. These are all the quick actions that can also be performed directly from the home screen.
- Messages: 3D touch enables the user to write a new message along with the easy access to recent conversations with the people. Just press the message icon and you will be able to write a new message.
- Photos: In photos, 3D touch allows the access to options like, search, favorites and the most recent picture. If you are taking pictures and want to see the previous ones then you just need to press the thumbnail to get the peek. Swipe your thumb to see the photos closely and release the pressure to let go the picture.
- Notes: In notes app, different options like new note, new search and new photo are available.
- Music: 3D touch also allows the user to access different options like the recent songs, most played and favorites in the music app.
2. iWork apps
With other apps, Apple has also updated iWork app to take advantage from the 3D touch. These updates include the pages, keynotes and number add support in iPhone 6s and 6s plus. It allows the user to jump from the home screen straight to the working on a new document or to work on the latest project. Besides this there are also number of improvements like the keyboard shortcuts and the option to preview a document.
Like all other apps, 3D touch also provides different types of options when it comes to twitter. Now, with the help of this great technology, user can easily search, can make a new tweet or can even write a new message with the help of quick actions that will be available to users at the home screen. These actions can easily be done by simple pressing the twitter icon.
Dropbox is considered as one of the most popular apps in the world, when it comes to the cloud storage or the sync solutions. People who have iPhone 6s and 6s plus can now use this app in a more efficient way, because now it runs on 3D touch on iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s plus. Users can now simply hold on a file to peek at a preview and can open the file by pressing it little bit harder.
Shazam is one of the most famous music apps that is used by over 100 million users to get the latest songs and lyrics. With 3D touch this app has become more easy to use and is becoming more popular among the people. This technology allows the users with options like shazam now, visual shazam and start auto shazam.
3D touch provides number of features in Instagram. A firm press on any username will allow the user to see his or her name, recent photos and other info with the help of a peek option. By sliding the finger up other option will also show up like follow or un-follow or sending a new message. This also gives access to different quick actions like the search screen, activity feed and others.
This app is a kind of visual bookmarking that helps its users to save new and creative ideas. Pinterest can be used to make meals, travel plans and many others. The new version of Pinterest enables its user with variety of new features. 3D touch enables us to link straight to Pinterest, press to preview and search Pinterest directly from the home screen.
Like number of other apps, Facebook has also been updated and is now running on 3D touch technology in iPhone 6s and 6s plus. With the induction of this technology you can easily press the Facebook icon on the home screen to get to shortcuts like write post, take or upload photo and many others. This new version is also more speedy and reliable.
The latest version of Tweetbot also works with the 3D touch. With the help of this technology, user can access various shortcuts by simply pressing the Tweet bot icon on the home screen. These shortcuts include show activity, tweet last photo and tweet. In case of unread messages, it will also provide you option to perform actions like replying. When it comes to timeline, this app now also supports peek and pop gestures. Besides 3D touch, version 4 of tweet bot is also accompanied with features like new statistics, activity view, quick notification reply, improved user profile, refreshed user interface, customizable timeline, tweet drafts, no ads and many more.
The new version of WhatsApp, which is 3D touch based, enables user to analyze in-app content by using peek and pop gestures. The user will now be able to view videos, pictures and locations using these gestures.
As a whole 3D touch has given a new dimension to the use of iPhone and enable users to access different options using this technology in an effective manner. With this technology multi-tasking has become lot easier and quicker, a single touch on the left of the screen brings you to the multi-tasking view. This technology has made all of these apps more attractive to use and people are now using these applications more than ever before and with lot more interest. Users are finding these new features easy and it is also helping a lot to save time.