Why tap and tap when you can press and go with these great 3D Touch-enabled apps for iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus!

The iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus come with 3D Touch, a new interaction technology that makes multitouch multidimensional. While Apple has enabled it in many of the company's own apps, they've also provided a way for App Store apps to enable 3D Touch as well. There aren't a lot yet, and many more will come, but here are some of the best so far!

3D Touch offers Home screen actions, peek and pop shortcuts, and pressure sensitivity. Apps can adopt one or all of those. If you're curious how it all works, check out our 3D Touch explainer. If all you want is the apps, keep reading!

1. Instagram

Instagram  3D Touch screenshots

Instagram, the social photo sharing network now owned by Facebook, is turning 5 this week. It's also seriously upping it's game with 3D Touch support for Home screen actions like New Post, View Activity, Search, and Direct. In the Instagram app you can 3D Touch a name to see their account card and swipe up to get Unfollow, Turn on Post Notifications, and Send Message options. You can also 3D Touch on a photo in grid view to preview it, and swipe up to get Like, Comment, and Send Message.

2. Pinterest

Pinterest 3D Touch screenshots

The world's most popular collection network, Pinterest, has added 3D Touch support for Home screen actions. Now, with the press of a finger, you can launch straight into trending, search pins, and create a board. Once inside a board, you can also 3D Touch to peek at items and pin, link, and send items. Those options aren't implemented in the standard 3D Touch quick action way—they show up in a custom radial menu right where your finger is. Similar to how instant sending in Messages works, all you have to do is slide and you're on your way.

3. Dropbox

Dropbox 3D Touch screenshots

Dropbox, the most popular non-Apple storage provider on iOS, has added 3D Touch for both Home screen actions and peek and pop. Actions include the most recent file update, offline files, upload photo, and search. In the Dropbox app, you can peek at media files like photos and music, and swipe up to get options like send link, make available offline, rename, move, and delete. It makes Dropbox much faster and more convenient to use.


Yes, iMovie is an Apple app and it's even coming pre-installed on larger-capacity iPhones6s, but it's still got the beginning of a really solid 3D Touch implementation. Home screen actions include new movie and your last three movie projects. Inside the iMovie app, you can peek at a movie project and watch it play before opening it, to make sure you've found the right one. It's super handy once the number of projects start adding up. Unfortunately, there's no pressure sensitive fast forward or rewind yet, but that feels like something Apple needs to add to the media player in general...

4. Voice Dream Writer

When Apple launched 3D Touch they launched it with VoiceOver, their screen reader technology for the blind and visually impaired. Voice Dream Writer, which reads the written word in attempt to help everyone produce better work, returns the favor by implementing 3D Touch in a variety of thoughtful ways. Home screen actions include new documents and new from clipboard. You can also peek at your files to make sure you have the right one before opening it. What's more, you can press on the fast forward button to increase the speed of the screen reader. It's incredibly cool!

5. PCalc

One of our favorite calculator apps is embracing 3D Touch in a couple of clever ways. You get Home screen actions, of course, but you also get to configure them in settings so they're exactly the way you want them. You can include any four of new calculation, paste clipboard, last conversion, use [your choice of] layout, convert [your choice of measures], last function, last memory, last result, last y register, open constants, open conversions, open functions, open tape, and run [your choice of function]. There are multiple choice options as well, so you can have multiple layouts or conversions, for example. You can also peek at the tape, registers, or RPN stack. It's a seriously cool way to calculate. (The free version doesn't include the settings or peek, but you can unlock them via in-app purchase... or just get the full version and enjoy!)

6. Workflow

Like Automator on Mac, Workflow on iPhone lets you make routine tasks into repeatable magic. With 3D Touch, you can use Home screen actions to launch right into your most important workflows. In the Workflow app, you can peek at your 'flows to reminder yourself what's in them or make sure you're choosing the right one. You can also swipe up to get options like rename, duplicate, delete, and share. It's automation accelerated.

7. OpenTable

OpenTable not only enjoys Siri access on the iPhone but now also includes 3D Touch. Home screen actions let you launch right into your favorites or access upcoming reservations. With peek you can take a closer look at a joint before making a reservation and, if you don't like it, you can move on without first having to move back. It's super convenient. There are also preview actions for the next available reservation times, which is beyond super convenient.


The original square photo filter app, Hipstamatic is as hip as ever, thanks to 3D Touch. With Home screen actions you can shoot food, shoot sunset, shoot portrait, or edit your last photo. Yeah, it's like that. Once you launch the Hipstamatic app, you can also peek at any photo to make sure you select the right one, and get quick actions for mark favorite, duplicate and edit, share, and trash.

8. Scanner Pro

With the new 12 megapixel camera you can "scan" documents using your iPhone with better clarity than ever. With Scanner Pro, you can use Home screen actions to initiate a new scan or scan from an existing photo. Within the Scanner Pro app, you can preview scans so you can make sure you're always selecting the right one, and you can swipe up to get additional options like edit, retake, share, and delete.

The developer, Readdle, has also added Home screen actions and peek to their file browser, Documents.

To their Spark email app:

And to PDF Expert 5:

9. Evernote

Everyone's favorite cross-platform note-taker has added 3D Touch to make note-taking even more convenient. You get Home screen actions like new note, take photo, and set reminder. In the Evernote app, you can peek at notes and work chats, and swipe up for options including add to shortcuts, set reminder, and share.

10. And more!

We've highlight apps that implement multiple types of 3D Touch but there are many other apps that have done a great job with just Home screen actions or pressure sensitivity as well:

  • Launch Center Pro: Configurable Home screen actions to launch your favorite LCP actions.
  • Camera+: Home screen actions for photo, selfie, macro, and lightbox.
  • Twitter: Home screen quick actions.
  • Endless Alphabet: Pressure sensitivity to make them letters DANCE!
  • Magic Piano: The harder you press, the more power you put behind the note you play.
  • Omni apps: Home screen actions for OmniFocus, OmniOutliner, OmniGraffle, and OmniPlan.
  • Things: Home screen actions for getting things done.
  • Apple Store: Home screen actions for shop, stores, and orders.
  • Shazam: Home screen actions for Shazam now and visual Shazam.

If you've got any 3D Touch favorites I missed, let me know in the comments!