One of the best new features to find its way onto the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, 3D Touch is one of the main selling points for the latest Apple device. But as it’s brand new, not a whole lot of people know just how many ways you can really make use of the new feature – and we don’t think that’s a good thing, not one bit!
So, what are the best ways to make use of the latest Apple feature? Can you really get more out of the new display-based feature? Here are five ways you can make use of 3D Touch on the latest pair of Apple handsets!
Sure, Live Photos are a great way of using 3D Touch, but after taking a picture and looking at its live qualities, there’s not a whole lot else to do with that picture. Or is there…?
Live Wallpapers do exactly what they say on the tin, letting you use a live photo as a background wallpaper on your iPhone 6s or 6s Plus. This means you can press down on your wallpaper to get a glimpse of the playback for your picture, making for a unique display should you want one.
To activate a Live Wallpaper, go to Settings > Wallpaper > Choose a New Wallpaper > Camera Roll.
From here you can use one of Apple’s own backgrounds or one of your own pictures for your Live Wallpaper. So, if you happen to have a Live Photo which looks good, why not display it as your background?
3D Touch is a great feature, but you know what’s not so great? Costly screen repairs. Thankfully, there’s a way for you to help dodge a broken screen that could well be caused by overusing the 3D Touch feature – and that’s by increasing sensitivity for the display’s new feature.
By upping sensitivity, 3D Touch will be easier to use and won’t require you to press any harder on the display to get the feature to work. This doesn’t just save your fingers and thumbs energy, but also protects the screen from possible damage as less force is being put into it!
To increase 3D Touch sensitivity, go to Settings > Accessibility > 3D Touch.
From here, you can select three different levels of sensitivity, with the default being medium. We’d recommend switching to the lowest pressure level – as it will make for much easier 3D Touch use!
Ever made a mistake in a text message or note on your iPhone? In which case you’ll know just how annoying it can be to go back and alter some text. Thankfully, the days of double tapping and then dragging your cursor in the message are long gone – all thanks to 3D Touch!
The new feature is automatically activated, and simply requires you to press firmly on any part of the keyboard. From here you’ll notice that the keys disappear, and by dragging your finger, can move the cursor much more smoothly than before. Apply more pressure and you can select an entire word or several words, making for a much more streamlined text editor.
This is ideal if you’re always making spelling mistakes, or if your autocorrect has a bit of a mare on occasion!
Let’s face it, switching apps has been a simple task to perform ever since Apple allowed for the simple double tap of the home button. However, if you’re a serial sloucher, there’s now an even easier way to switch apps.
By utilising 3D Touch, you can simply access your previous app, all you need to do is press firmly on the left edge of the display, and then flick to the right. This should allow you to use the previous app without issue, meaning that you don’t even have to double tap the home button anymore to open another app!
This is activated as standard, so you’ve no need to worry about getting started with it in the Settings menu either!
Selfies are now an extremely common practice in everyday life, with millions of us taking them and uploading them to Instagram or sending them to friends on Snapchat. But with 3D Touch, there’s now a way to take your selfies even faster than before!
Using the 3D Touch feature on the iPhone 6s’s camera app, you get four options to play with, one of which opens the camera direct to your front facing camera. This might not seem the most useful of features, but if there’s a time sensitive selfie at stake, it could prove much more helpful than you might have first though!
Like the previous two features, this doesn’t need to be activated separately – just hold down on the camera app and press firmly to open up the menu.
Written by Luke Hatfield