Here's everything you need to know about Apple's 3D touch technology, how it works and its functionality?
Apple launched its first smartphone, which is known as the iPhone, back then in 2007. our method of interacting with our handsets was being revolutionise by this little smart device. We were moved from using clunky buttons to scroll through and operate our handsets to making use of touchscreen controls to prod, poke and swipe through our mobile device to get to whatever we needed.
Our ability to zoom in and out with just a pinch of our fingers was offered by the multi-touch display, and it felt so good. But we now have a whole new dimension of control delivered by ‘force touch’ screens.
What is 3D Touch?
They are called force touch screens and are pressure sensitive, which means that the detect the exact amount of pressure that is exerted on the surface by the user. So, they react differently to heavy and light prods.
The first smartphone manufacturer to introduce a force touch screen was Huawei. It was introduced in its late 2015 flagship the Mate S. The handset made use of the technology that was dubbed Press Touch come retail and proved pleasingly responsive and precise.
Apple didn't waste so much time in following suite as it offered its first force touch screen with the launch of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus in just a few days later after Huawei's. This feature was called ‘3D Touch’ by Apple, it's nothing so different as it works in the same way as other force touch panels, by allowing the phone to differentiate between light and hard presses.
How does 3D Touch work?
Apple’s 3D touch simply work by making use of an extra layer as compared with older iPhone displays. This layer is buried beneath the glass and contains pressure sensors. These sensors are activated when the flexible top layer is pushed hard.
What you'll notice is that you'll feel a slight vibration through the phone whenever you push hard on the the 3D Touch display. This occurs because the Taptic force feedback engine is linked to the screen which provides physical as well as visual confirmation that you’ve poked hard enough to trigger 3D Touch.
Which iPhones have 3D Touch screens?
A 3D Touch display is boasted by every flagship phone since the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus. The following mobile phones has a 3D Touch:
IPhone 6s Plus
IPhone 7 Plus
The iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 should also be expected to support this feature when they'll be launched this year. This is so said because the 3D Touch functionality is engrained within iOS 10.
What is 3D Touch used for?
There are a few different uses of 3D Touch in iOS 10. Firstly, many app icons on your desktops can be hard pressed to bring up a shortcuts menu. This action allows you to go straight to an app's specific feature. for instance, you can immediately call one of your favorite contacts when you 3D Touch the phone icon. Or you can go right into the selfie mode when you touch the camera icon.
Also, features within the apps can be quickly activated with 3D Touch. For example, you can push hard on a location in the Apple Maps app to immediately start navigating there. Or, you can check for the contact details and make a call, if it's a business place. Same goes for pictures and videos within the iPhones gallery, all you need do is to 3D Touch it.
Which apps support 3D Touch?
Apple’s main first party apps have been supporting 3D Touch shortcuts since the iOS 9. which means that you can bring up either a menu of quick actions or a widget which gives you real-time information, when you poke hard on an app shortcut. But it's unfortunate that when it comes to genuinely useful 3D Touch app shortcuts right now, there still few options. Read more on The Best Apple iPhone Apps That Use 3D Touch
If you're having some trouble trying to get 3D Touch to work well on your phone, there are a number of things you can do to manipulate this feature to your taste. For more information, read up on how to configure 3D Touch.