Join Seán Duggan for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the new 3D Touch feature, part of iPhone and iPad Photography with iOS 9.
- New to iOS 9 as well as the iPhones 6S and 6S Plus is a feature called 3D Touch. This takes advantage of the new touch screen material, and offers new ways to interact with the interface of iOS 9. This feature is only available on the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus at the time of this recording. In addition to simply tapping on the touch sensitive screen, you can now tap and press down with different levels of pressure. This provides access to shortcuts and enhance functionality that were not available on the iPhone before.
For example, if I do a hard press on the camera icon, a little optional menu pops out that gives me shortcuts to different modes of shooting photos or videos. So if I wanted to go straight into recording a slo-mo video, I could choose that option here. I'll just tap on the screen to close that. With the Photos app, I can do a hard press on that to open up a menu for that app. And here you can see that I can go straight to my most recent photos, my favorites, look at photos from a year ago or initiate a search of the photos on the phone.
I'll just tap on the screen again. Now if you don't get the pressure exactly right, you'll get the jiggly app behavior and this, of course, is a mode that allows you to rearrange the position of apps on the home screen or on some apps you'll be able to delete them. If this happens, just go ahead and press the home button again to exit out of that mode, and give it another try. A hard press is accompanied by a small vibration response on the phone. It's almost like a little wrap or a small knock, and that really makes it easy to know when you've activated it.
If you do a hard press on an app that does not have an optional menu, you'll feel an extra vibration, which signals that that additional option is not available there. So if I do that on the Settings menu, I actually just felt two little knocks in there. When you're viewing thumbnails for your images in the Photos app, press down on one, and when the other thumbnails go out of focus, it'll open up to give you a preview of the image. Keep your finger on the screen, otherwise, if you let go, this quick view will close. This functionality is called a peek.
By doing this, I can view the image without actually opening it into the normal large viewing mode. Once you have a peek view open, you can press again a bit harder, and then it'll open up the image into the standard screen view. I'll tap the back arrow button to go back to the thumbnails. Another thing that you can do when you open a peek is you'll notice that there's a little arrow up at the top. If you swipe upwards, it'll display a shortcut menu that will allow you to copy or share the photo, tag it as a favorite, or delete it.
Tap on the image to return to the grid of thumbnails. The new live photos feature also uses 3D touch. To view the full effect for a live photos picture, just press down on the image. If it was made with live photos turned on, it'll get blurry for a second, and then refocus and show you the full mini movie that was recorded by capturing one and a half seconds before and after the main exposure. 3D Touch is an interesting new development in the continuing evolution of the iPhone and iOS. To learn more on how to take advantage of it for your iPhone 6S or 6S plus, check out iOS 9 New Features with Nick Brazzi.
- Adjusting exposure and focus in the Camera app
- Using the self-timer and burst modes
- Shooting slow-motion and time-lapse videos
- Flagging favorites
- Making smart adjustments to light and color
- Trimming video
- Sharing from Photos
- Sharing with iCloud
- Syncing photos with iTunes and My Photo Stream
- Using the iCloud Photo Library