iOS 9.3 welcomes all-new 3D Touch shortcuts

iOS 9.3 brings all-new 3D Touch shortcuts


3D Touch is becoming more indispensable.
Photo: Apple

3D Touch gets a big boost in iOS 9.3, the latest version of Apple’s mobile operating system.

On top of the various other “what to expect” features we’ve told you about, the iOS update, which arrived yesterday, also adds a host of new shortcuts you can use from the home screen for all standard pre-installed apps. Check out our list below.

An example of Apple's new iOS 9.3 update in action.
An example of Apple’s new iOS 9.3 update in action.
Photo: Apple

Compass, for instance, now lets you either “Start Compass” or “Set Level” with nothing more than a quick capacitive touch tap.

The App Store lets you “Search,” “Redeem,” “Update All” or check out a list of your “Purchased” items.

Health allows you to “Show Dashboard” or “Show Medical ID.”

Stocks lets you “Search.”

Weather gives you the ability to easily switch between locations or add new ones you’ve not previously searched for.

Settings allows you to “Set Wallpaper,” check battery or toggle Wi-Fi or Bluetooth.

Based on the Apple Watch’s Force Touch, 3D Touch was one of the most heavily praised features of the iPhone 6s when it made its debut last September. Additions like these take 3D Touch one step further out of the gimmick camp, and help make it the indispensable feature I truly believe it is proving itself to be.


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