A Demonstration of Using 3D Touch with VoiceOver on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

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In this podcast, updated on 9/27, Scott Davert demonstrates how to use 3D Touch, the flagship new feature introduced on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.

Described by Apple as “the next generation of Multi-Touch”, 3D Touch is:

an entirely new way to interact with your phone. For the first time, iPhone senses how much pressure you apply to the display. In addition to familiar Multi-Touch gestures like Tap, Swipe and Pinch, 3D Touch introduces Peek and Pop. This brings a new dimension of functionality to the iPhone experience. And when you use 3D Touch, your iPhone responds with subtle taps. So not only will you see what a press can do — you’ll feel it.

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#1 I'm Curious...

I'm curious to know how you make an Icon wiggle. Since you do the various stages of 3-D Force Touch presses, how does it know when you are trying to make an Icon wiggle so you can move or delete it?


#2 You probably do the double

You probably do the double tap and hold as normal. This is called a pass through gesture.

#3 flicking

I'm a flicker, and yesterday my friend said that to use 3D touch while flicking, do a double tap and hold gesture when you hear the app you want while flicking. I interpreted this as double tap and push and it works.

so for example, say you want to bring up the context menu on Mail but you have to flick to it, just flick until you hear Mail then double tap and push.

This is all definitely going to take practice, at least for me. Thanks for the podcast!

#4 Couple of Things

Like Ro suggeested, I just tried the double-tap + press, and found that it does indeed work to use 3D Touch when flicking. I had to keep reminding myself NOT to lift my finger after the second tap, of course - muscle memory will get you every time.

Also, I wanted to offer a theory about why it sometimes puts you at the end of the menu, and sometimes at the beginning, when using quick actions. I think it has to do with where you are on the screen. If the app you're at is at the very top of the screen, then the little menu that pops up next to it has to go down - ergo, you're at the top item. If the app is at the bottom of the screen, such as one in your dock, the menu has to go up, ergo it starts you at the bottom item. So, it starts you at th menu item closest to the app you're on, but the direction of the other menu items relative to the one you start on has to do with where there's room on the screen. Hopefully that makes sense.

#5 Flicking with 3D touch

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Thank you, Ro and Joseph for the double tap and push suggestion, it's working well here. I see it also works for Peek and Pop, and that there is an actions menu for preview, but that it doesn't always show up once you release your finger. I have seen it twice now, but can't seem to find a consistent way to make it appear for each message. It's too badd, because it's very handy.

#6 screen edit mode

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HI Blind Guy. I updated the podcast and discussed this a bit, but the long and short of it is that you will need to double tap and hold but do not apply more pressure. And if you're like me, I used to smack my finger on the touch screen to do this gesture. You can either try to prevent Force touch from activating by setting the sensitivity to "firm", or turning it off altogether while you need to use the pass through gesture. I hope this info helps!

#7 Good Info

Thank you Scott for this demonstration and link. As most or all of you probably know by now, I recently obtained my first iPhone. I really like it but I think I'm having trouble conceptualizing some stuff and this info might help me. I've had very good luck with just flicking and double-tapping, but the last time I checked out the Touch accommodation setting it confused me a bit. Guess I've been spending a bit too much time with my neighbor across the hall, lol! He's out of state for the next few days visiting family, so I actually have some time to work on this.