Ever wanted a way to quickly access options and commands for your apps? Some Apple iPhones have a feature called 3D Touch, which triggers a small submenu you can use to run specific commands.
Introduced in 2015 for the iPhone 6s, the technology actually debuted in 2014 with the Force Touch trackpad on the 2015 MacBook and 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro.
3D Touch relies on a taptic engine to provide the necessary feedback for your touch. All you have to do to trigger this feature is press hard enough on an icon or other element that works with 3D Touch, and then you’ll feel a slight vibration to confirm your action.
Pressing down on an app’s icon to trigger the menu sounds easy, but 3D Touch can be challenging to use and control. You have to figure out how, where, and why you’d use it, and even then the feature doesn’t always work as expected. As such, 3D Touch invites a variety of questions: Which iPhones have it, what apps support it, and how can you use them?