Have you got your iPhone 6s yet? How do you like it? Though it looks very much like its predecessor iPhone 6, iPhone 6s has hidden depths. Apple adds all sorts of new capabilities with each new model, but they’re not always obvious. If you want to uncover all the new features and functionality, then these iPhone 6S tips and tricks will give you a head start.
Skip to app actions
Instead of loading up an app, and then choosing what you want to do, you can actually skip directly to some functions. If you want to give it a try, then press down hard on an app’s icon, and you’ll get a wee menu of possible functions. This only works on some apps, most of them from Apple, but more developers will incorporate 3D Touch into their designs soon. For example, doing this on the Camera app reveals the option to Take Selfie, Record Video, Record Slo-mo, or Take Photo.
Peek and Pop
The heart of 3D Touch is in the Peek and Pop functionality. Press down on an email or a Web link and you’ll get a peek at the contents. You can swipe your finger up the way to reveal a menu of options, such as Open Link, Add to Reading List, or Copy with a website link. Let go, and you’ll drop back to where you were. If you decide you want to continue and visit that website or open the full message, you simply press down harder to Pop in.
Tweak 3D Touch Sensitivity
If you’re having trouble with the 3D Touch functions, you can always change the sensitivity. Go into Settings > General > Accessibility > 3D Touch and test the options with the example image. You can determine how much pressure you want to have to use to access the feature.
Create your Own Motion Wallpapers
The new iPhones include a few cool new motion wallpapers that animate when you press firmly on them on the lock screen. But did you know you can create your own motion wallpapers? Simply set any Live Photo as your lock screen wallpaper and you’re done.
The Hidden Trackpad
This is definitely one of the most important tips on this list. Press and hold firmly on the keyboard in any app to transform it into a trackpad, and then slide your finger around to control the cursor. Press even harder and you’ll begin highlighting words. Of note, this feature only works with Apple’s keyboard and not third-party keyboard apps.