The 10 Best Things To Do With 3D Touch -- And The Things We Wish It Did

The 10 Best Things To Do With 3D Touch -- And the Things We Wish It Did

Hands-down, one of the coolest features of the new iPhone 6s and 6s plus is 3D Touch, that subtle touch mechanism that lets you quickly access common tasks fast as hell. Here are our 10 favourite shortcuts so far.

Instagram: Why yes, I do in fact want to post the sunset pic I just snapped without having to fire up the app then choosing New Post.

The 10 Best Things To Do With 3D Touch -- And the Things We Wish It Did

Shazam: Sometimes you only have a precious few seconds to Shazam a song, and this shortcut is your best shot at making it happen before it's too late.

The 10 Best Things To Do With 3D Touch -- And the Things We Wish It Did

Peek at emails: Good lord, I wish this was available in other email apps because it's so awesome. 3D touch for an immediate preview of an email that disappears when you remove your finger.

The 10 Best Things To Do With 3D Touch -- And the Things We Wish It Did

Camera: The selfie-inclined are going to love this one especially, but it's handy for specific types of image capture. Take that, fleeting moments!

The 10 Best Things To Do With 3D Touch -- And the Things We Wish It Did

Keyboard cursor: The turmoil of trying to precisely place a cursor in order to fix a typo is ever-present. With 3D touch, you can slide around the cursor with a much clearer view of the text you are editing.

The 10 Best Things To Do With 3D Touch -- And the Things We Wish It Did

Live Photos: A gimmick? Perhaps. But it's fun and silly and good for a chucklegoof every now and then

The 10 Best Things To Do With 3D Touch -- And the Things We Wish It Did

Apple Music: The iOS app for Apple Music is pretty awful, so anything to avoid entering its crappy interface is a blessing.

The 10 Best Things To Do With 3D Touch -- And the Things We Wish It Did

Dropbox: For those of us who are still Dropbox loyalists, quick access to recently uploaded files and search is a welcome addition.

The 10 Best Things To Do With 3D Touch -- And the Things We Wish It Did

Maps: Yeah OK, so it's only on Apple Maps (ugh), and not Google Maps (yet). Will 3D touch shortcuts convert me back to Apple's own navigation system? We'll see.

The 10 Best Things To Do With 3D Touch -- And the Things We Wish It Did

Evernote: Anything to make iPhone note-taking a more intuitive process is a welcome addition to my life.

The 10 Best Things To Do With 3D Touch -- And the Things We Wish It Did

These shortcuts are great, no doubt. But don't convince yourself that they are saving you more than one maybe two taps. They are saving you tiny fractions of seconds. But those fractions add up. And the mental satisfaction of seeing these fly-outs appear is not insignificant. It's fun!

Still, there is so much unseen potential in what 3D touch can offer. Third party support will trickle in inevitably, but it's how the feature is implemented that really makes the difference.

What if Uber let you request a car to your current location with one tap, while showing you the fare estimate right there in the 3D touch fly-out? What if the Facebook app let you update your status in one tap? So many possibilities.

But even in Apple's native suite of apps, there's so much more they could have done. The Weather app should, you know, show you the weather with 3D touch. The Apple Music app should let you play your most recent playlist or artist. Better yet, each app should let you customise the commands featured in the 3D Touch flyout.

Basically, the future of 3D touch is looking good, but it's on developers to make it into a can't-live-without feature.

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Comments

    I'm loving the 3D Touch. What I would love even more, is programmable shortcuts.

    All of things besides the photo viewer can be solved by allowing a 2 second hold press of an icon.....

    What would be better is more situations where rocking back and forth similar to the photo view does more than just bringing up a shortcut to something the app does.

    It's brilliant how they've made it so smooth and reliable. But I feel it still needs a bit of fine tuning. I had to change my setting to the most sensitive, for me to reliably access the overlay features.
    This is probably the first time right-click came to iOS. I'm expecting to see much better integration with the upcoming OS.

    P.s. I only found out about the "Keyboard cursor:" from this article. Very nice.

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