iOS app development

3D Touch – A feature that makes the iOS app development even more user-friendly

08 May. 17

3D touch is a more sensitive version of the forced touch which is a pressure sensitive multi-touch technology which is designed to add another method of input to Apple’s devices. With the launch of iPhone 6s and iPhone 7, Apple is taking the Force Touch technology altogether to a new level. It uses the capacitive sensors integrated into the display of the mobile phones. iOS app development got enhanced with the introduction of 3D touch feature.
Talking about the force touch technology, it is a pressure sensitive technology exclusively available on Apple Watches, which later arrived on  Retina MacBook, MacBook Pro, Magic Trackpad 2, and iPhone models like iPhone 6S, and iPhone 7. On the basis of different levels of forces applied to the device, trackpads and touchscreens can be able to distinguish the Force touch.

Why can 3D Touch feature be helpful to your iOS app development strategy?

One of the most convenient features that 3D touch brings to iPhone users is access to shortcuts from the home screen. This allows your users to leverage the features of your iOS apps without really getting into the app. This one benefit of the 3D touch feature will increase the usage and the functionality of the app as it would make the iOS app more user- friendly
With the Peek feature, holding your finger down opens a popup window which reveals additional content within the app. This feature can be that bonus you give to your audience which will enhance your iOS app usability.
3D touch opens up some new possibilities. Yes, it’s started with secondary menu kind of functionality, but it can evolve much further. Hire dedicated iOS developers to leverage this unique 3D feature for your iOS app.

How Does 3D Touch Work?

In terms of functionality, iOS app development with 3D Touch is really very smart. If one wants to take a selfie, you don’t need to launch the Camera app. Simply light press on the Camera app, and you will get the option to Take Selfie right on your Homescreen.

To understand the 3D Touch, you need to have the knowledge about Peek and Pop. While Peek refers to a light press, the Pop specifies a hard press.

If you want to peek at a message, you just need to press it lightly. And, if you wish to pop into the message for a full view, you need to press it a little more deeply. That’s how it works!
When the touch sensors distinguish the different pressure levels for the OS to process, the Taptic Engine (A combination of tap and haptic feedback)  gives the feedback to the user by imitating the sense of clicking similar to clicking on the physical keyboard.

3D Touch APIs

iOS 9 provides the following 3D Touch APIs:

  • The Home screen quick action API is for adding shortcuts to your app icon. It will anticipate and accelerate a user’s interaction with your app.
  • The UIKit peek and pop API lets you provide easy access, within your app. Use the peek quick actions API to provide a press-enabled replacement to your app’s touch-and-hold actions.
  • The Web view peeks and pop API lets you enable system-mediated previews of HTML link destinations.
  • The UITouch force properties let you add customized force-based user interaction to your app.

Choose LetsNurture to develop iOS apps with 3D touch feature

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