3D Touch Accessibility On iPhone 6S

3 screenshots of the iPhone 6s with 3D Touch showing

By Hillary Kleck

3D Touch, also referred to as “Force Touch,” is a new feature available on Apple’s iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus running the iOS 9 platform, or higher. Simply put, 3D Touch senses how hard you press on the screen to determine which popup menu to show you over your current screen without losing your place. Apple describes 3D Touch more precisely as:

“The next generation of Multi-Touch that gives users an additional interaction dimension.”

Users can use various pressures to access different actions such as previewing an item (perhaps, you need a quick look at a location on Maps) using the ‘Peek and Pop’ menu, or performing a ‘Quick Action’ from the Home Screen such as immediately getting directions to home. 3D Touch is designed to make performing actions on your iPhone even more efficient, but is it really accessible? Yes! The AppleVis Editorial Team has recorded a podcast demonstrating how to use 3D Touch with VoiceOver on their website for your listening pleasure. Below is a video explaining more about the 3D Touch Feature.


If you’re interested in learning more about using 3D Touch with VoiceOver, be sure to visit AppleVis to review the VoiceOver User’s Guide to 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s for more in-depth user details. Be sure to scroll through the comments section to find opinions and answers from other users with visual impairments.

3D Touch is currently only available on the Apple iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus running iOS9 and higher.


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