If you were lucky enough to buy an iPhone 6s this week then chances are that you’re enjoying learning about all the new features that its hardware, and iOS 9, bring with it. One such feature is the inclusion of 3D Touch, allowing your iPhone to sense just how hard you’re touching its screen.
It’s a potentially pretty cool feature, not least because of Apple’s inclusion of Peek and Pop which allows you to preview things without opening them, as well as easily get to the features you want.
While not many apps have embraced 3D Touch yet, we’ve rounded up 10 great examples of the technology and explain how it’ll save you time.
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1. AG Drive ($3.99) - Okay, so this isn't an app, it's a game, but AG Drive is a fantastic example of the potential that 3D Touch offers. By holding your finger down on the screen a little harder, you can affect how hard you brake or accelerate. It's a small but important insight into just what this technology can do.
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2. OpenTable (Free) - OpenTable has been a consistently great app for helping you explore potential restaurants to visit before booking reservations through the service. It's also always been great at embracing new Apple and iOS advancements, such as introducing an Apple Watch app in time for launch. Its 3D Touch usage is no surprise then but it's a real time saver. You can now Peek and Pop by pressing on the app icon to access your favorites as well as view upcoming reservations.
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3. Workflow ($3.99) - Convenient to use productivity app, Workflow, now offers 3D Touch alongside its bevy of other features. You can easily access four of your workflows from the app's icon, immediately launching you into what you need to do. Peek and Pop can also be used to see quick previews. Spotlight integration, while not related to 3D Touch, makes it easy to search too.
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4. Instagram (Free) - Everyone's favorite photo sharing app has jumped on the 3D Touch bandwagon. You can hold your finger to the icon in order to quickly view private messages, search for content, and view your recent activity. Creating a post is faster through this too, with you also able to Peek at photos from thumbnails. Sharing and viewing selfies just got lightning fast.
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5. News360 (Free) - Always a great source for personalized news, News360 just got even faster thanks to 3D Touch. You can now press lighting on a story in the app to view a quick preview of the news. It's offered in a short, three sentence summary, easily getting to the important facts of the story. Through holding down on the icon, you can easily bring up Top Stories, Local News, or Saved Stories too.
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6. Magic Piano (Free) - Piano simulator, Magic Piano has one simple addition courtesy of 3D Touch - pressure sensitive playing. How hard you hold your finger down to a virtual piano key affects the volume of the note, soon affecting the general sound of the piece. It's an ideal time to remind you to switch to light sensitivity to garner the greatest benefits.
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7. Dropbox (Free) - Dropbox has always been convenient and fast, but it just got better. The app's icon now allows you to easily get to your most recently actioned file or filer, view offline files, upload content, and search, all saving you some valuable taps. Peeking means you can preview files and folders without going to the bother of opening it fully too.
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8. Pinterest (Free) - Pinterest has always been a great app for losing time to, under the pretence of bookmarking content for later on. It's particularly great for collating information on a hobby or creative project you have in mind. The app's 3D Touch support means that everything is quicker. Holding down on the icon allows you to instantly get to what's trending, as well as options for searching pins or creating a new board. Finally, more time to add to those all important boards!
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9. Shazam (Free) - Helping you figure out what that song playing in the background is, Shazam just got even faster. Via the app's icon, you can instantly Shazam a song, leaving the app to figure things out for you and stopping you going insane with not knowing. Sure, it's not as much of a time saver as some of these apps, but just think of the peace of mind.
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10. Evernote (Free) - A truly essential productivity tool, it makes sense that Evernote would have 3D Touch support so quickly. You can now use Quick Actions to create a new note, take a photo, or set a reminder, without needing to go through the app's usual process. Peeking also makes it easy to preview websites and notes.