Apple’s latest iPhone, the iPhone 6s, comes with a new feature called 3D Touch. This means the screen is pressure-sensitive, so pressing harder in certain apps unlocks new features.
But not all apps are compatible with 3D Touch; it’s up to developers to integrate the feature into their products. A decent selection of apps supported 3D Touch when the iPhone 6s launched in September. But over the past few months, tons of apps have been optimized to support 3D Touch.
Here’s a look at some iPhone apps that have made the best use of 3D Touch so far.
The Kitchen Stories app uses 3D Touch to add quick shortcuts to recipes and shopping lists. Pressing down on the app icon launches a Quick Actions menu where you can choose to view the recipe of the day, open the last recipe you viewed, look at your shopping list, or create a recipe. These are all very handy, but perhaps the most useful addition is the ability to preview recipes within the app. Holding your finger down on a recipe will launch a preview window that shows you how long the dish takes to make and how difficult it is before you commit to reading the whole recipe.
Badland 2 is one example of how 3D Touch can be used to change gameplay controls in mobile games. In the original Badland game, the player would need to consistently tap the screen to keep his or her character in flight. The new version, however, incorporates 3D Touch so that players can leave a finger planted on screen during gameplay. Simply apply more or less pressure to change the speed and height of the character.
Like Badland 2, Breakneck is another game that allows the player to achieve more precision through the use of 3D Touch. The idea behind the game is simple: don’t crash. Pressing down harder on the right or left of the screen tilts and banks the spacecraft in that direction. The harder the player presses, the more dramatic the tilt.
Bandit's Shark Showdown!
In Bandit’s Shark Showdown!, players are tasked with out-swimming various foes, which can include various types of sea life from small fish to large sharks. Applying a small amount of pressure with allows the player to boost. What’s interesting about this game, though, is that the ocean creatures are designed to learn from your previous moves and adapt to beat them. The app has been licensed by the John Hopkins School of Medicine to be used as a training tool for stroke victims. Using 3D Touch in the game can help regain fine finger control.
iMaschine 2 is one of few apps that showcase how 3D Touch can be used for creating music on the go. The app is essentially meant to turn your iPhone or iPad into a full-blown solution for music production, but its 3DTouch shortcuts are particularly useful. Pressing down on a drum pad will change rate of note repeat, which saves music makers a few taps. Users can also press and hold the app icon to quickly jump into projects.