Facebook enhances iOS app with 3D Touch

Facebook plans to enrich user experience with new iOS update featuring 3D Touch gestures

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Facebook enhances iOS app with 3D Touch Facebook launched ‘peek and pop’ functions to trigger 3D Touch feature on Apple devices (Getty Images)
By  Aasha Bodhani Published  January 24, 2016

The social networking iOS app is rolling out support for its ‘peek and pop' functions to coincide with Apple's iPhone's 6S and 6S Plus 3d Touch feature.

Facebook already introduced 3D Touch to its iOS app last year, but was only used for accessing quick actions from the home-screen. However Facebook has now expanded the service with its peek and pop gestures. This enables users to press on links, profiles and photos where they can press lightly to preview content without having to navigate away from their current spot or push harder to open the content.  

Facebook and Apple are not the only companies to experiment with 3D Touch technology; rumours have surfaced that Samsung's next Galaxy smartphone, the S7, will feature a pressure sensitive screen, similar to the latest iPhone devices. To add, online picture and video-sharing app Instagram is said to have dabbled in an Android platform that imitated 3D Touch technology.

Apple introduced 3D Touch last year with the release of its iPhone 6S and iPhone 6S Plus, however the 3D Touch features have taken time to reap their full benefits as it is only limited to those who have the newest Apple iPhones. However, as more companies show support, developers will continue to experiment.

The iOS roll-out will only be offered to a ‘small group of people', other iPhone owners will have to wait a few months for Facebook's iOS update.

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