iOS Tip 159 - Check out 3D Touch

Preview Links with 3D Touch on iPhone

One of the more useful 3D Touch tricks is the ability to preview a link before opening it, allowing iPhone users a way to quickly see a preview of a webpage link before loading the entire thing in Safari. This can be activated from an email, from messages, or Safari itself, and it helps to determine if a link is what you’re looking for or worth opening. It’s use case is quite similar to previewing links with multitouch on the Mac, and it works much the same as well.
Previewing links with 3D Touch requires an iPhone 6s or better, since the feature obviously requires a 3D Touch capable screen

  1. Open Safari to any web page (capmac.net for example) on the iPhone
  2. Gently press and hold on a link to activate the preview “peak”, you’ll see the link target webpage load in a little hovering preview screen quickly
  3. Firm press to visit the link in question, otherwise let go to return to the webpage you were reading before

You can also swipe up in the peak preview to see more options including Open in New Tab, Add to Reading List, or Copy, which copies the URL being previewed.

iOS Tip 111 - Change 3D Touch Sensitivity

This obviously requires an iPhone with a 3D Touch display, whether that’s an iPhone 6s or iPhone 6s Plus, other models will not have this setting available:

1 Open the Settings app in iOS and go to “General” then to “Accessibility”
2 Go to “3D Touch” and locate the “3D Touch Sensitivity” portion of the settings, the slider below this is what you’ll want to change to fit your preferences, pick one of the following:
•Light – a soft amount of screen pressure activates 3D Touch peak, and a slightly more firm amount of pressure activates 3D Touch pop
•Medium – the default level of pressure sensitivity for 3D Touch displays
•Firm – a notably harder amount of screen pressure is required to activate 3D Touch peak and pop

If you find yourself activating 3D Touch when you don’t always want to, you’ll probably want to use the “Firm” option, whereas if you find the required pressure is too great, using the “Light” feature is ideal.
This is really largely a matter of personal preference, but it also depends on what you’re using to activate the touch screen, if you use a case on the iPhone, and your general usage patterns, and whether or not you use a finger, toe, stylus, or other pointing device.
My personal preference is for the “Light” setting but when demonstrating the feature to a friend they found it way too easy to activate, so they strongly preferred the Firm setting. Try it out yourself and see what works for you, you can always make another change again by returning to 3D Touch settings