The iPhone launched in 2007 and while that seems like a few generations of iPhones ago, what is more striking is how far Apple has advanced the state of the art in a few short years. The original iPhone only resembles an iPhone 6s Plus with the touchscreen icon arrangement and the Apple logo (and it makes phone calls). Other than that, what has changed– when you look backwards– is little short of astounding.
Today’s iPhones come with FaceTime, Skype, and more Apple and Microsoft apps than anyone would have considered back in 2007. Here’s a quick look at my Top 10 Favorite iPhone Finger Features for 2016.
Yes. 3D Touch with peek and poke enables a whole new way of using the iPhone’s interface. It’s not longer just tap this or tap that. 3D Touch brings multiple layers of functionality and it starts with the settings which are typical Apple. Turn it on or off. Set the 3D Touch sensitivity with a slider bar from light to medium to firm. What could be easier?
Peek – This is a good way to browse through music on your iPhone where a touch or press brings up controls and the track listing.
Push – Another easy way to call someone or send them a message right from the Contact photo. Again, it’s 3D Touch; that little bit of extra pressure to make something happen.
Add To Contacts – The same pressure on a phone number in Messages can add it to Contacts with a popup (Call, Message, Add to Existing Contact, or Create a New Contact).
Maps Push – Another way to get directions or share a location is to use Maps and a simple push to 3D Touch. Do the same on a location and get an option to Call someone or a business, and if there’s a website associated with a business then that extra push opens the company’s homepage.
Quick Replies – Watch has this handy feature to Reply to incoming Messages with a canned response. iPhone, too. Push on a Message to Peek into the third and you’ll get quick reply responses.
Notes – One of my favorite upgrades to Mac, iPhone, and iPad is Notes for iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan. Notes is good and you can use it to draw. Push harder on the screen with your finger and the lines get thicker and darker.
Photos – Even your photographs cannot escape the benefits of 3D Touch. Within Camera Roll just press the photo in Peek mode and get a pop up option to Share, Copy, Delete, or make a photo a Favorite.
Alarm Clock – Finally, and this should seem easy now that you see where Apple puts peek and poke options within other apps that can use 3D Touch, the Alarm Clock gets some love. Press and hold to Create Alarm, Start Stopwatch, or Start Timer from the pop up screen.
The only negative with 3D Touch– when you use it to press an app icon– is that it takes some touch adjustment. Press lightly enough and the app icons begin to wiggle as if you were planning to delete an app or move an app. Press a bit harder and you get the peek options.
What Apple is doing with 3D Touch is what it always does. Advance the state of the user interface, and that means with every new model– Mac, iPhone, iPad– new technology, either in hardware or software, makes its way into the user lexicon which stretches out the bell curve spectrum even more.
Sometimes it’s hard to keep up.