Facebook iOS App Update Expands 3D Touch Support

Friday January 22, 2016 5:46 AM PST by Tim Hardwick

Facebook has begun rolling out support for further 3D Touch actions on compatible iPhones in the latest update to its primary iOS app.

The newest iteration in the social media company's series of weekly app updates allows iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus owners to use "peek" and "pop" gestures directly from within a Facebook timeline. A light press or "peek" on a profile, link, page, group or photo triggers a preview of the content in question, while a harder press or "pop" opens the link, photo, profile or group.

A new "Quick Action" also comes to the Facebook app icon, with a homescreen shortcut that takes users directly to their account’s profile page.

Facebook iOS app Quick Actions

Original Quick Actions (left); a new Action takes users to their Facebook profile (right).

The introduction of new 3D Touch features follows support for several Quick Actions that Facebook brought to its app back in October. However, unlike the first 3D Touch-equipped update, the company is limiting access to the latest features to "a small group of people," before rolling them out globally "over the coming months," reports The Verge.

Despite the potential for frustrating some of its users, Facebook's gradual rollout strategy is in line with last month's muted announcement of staggered support for Live Photos, which allows Facebook users to share motion-enabled pictures taken on iPhone 6s and 6s Plus devices with followers running iOS 9.

Increased support for 3D Touch comes on the heels of similar features introduced in other Facebook-owned apps, including Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp, while other third-party developers continue to implement and deploy their own support for the pressure-sensitive technology following Apple's own encouragement to do so.

Facebook is free on the App Store for iPhone and iPad. [Direct Link]

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55 months ago
We need to be able to customize the 3D Touch shortcuts in the future.
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55 months ago
What about iPad Pro support?
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55 months ago
This is newsworthy?
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55 months ago

You are one step closer to developing your first app.

Thanks, but I have 3 apps on the iOS App Store, 1 in the OS X App Store, and plenty more in various states of development (plus tons of Java and Python stuff that's platform independent.)
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A front page story because Facebook added a 'view profile' option to the menu. WOW.

It's in the iOS blog, not the front page. If you're in the mobile layout, it doesn't split the different sections up - everything just gets lumped together.
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55 months ago

A front page story because Facebook added a 'view profile' option to the menu. WOW.

An iOS Blog story about changes to one of the more popular apps. Stories about lesser things have been written. Nothing new or surprising. If it's not of interest it can be easily skipped.
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55 months ago

This is newsworthy?

It's in the blog, not news. If you don't find it interesting, don't read it, and especially do not post about your disinterest just to seek attention.

I find it to be news considering facebook no longer provides a changelog in the update description any more. It just says "we'll highlight changes for you in the app" but no where did it highlight for me that I can 3D touch the app to do anything at all.

+1 for MacRumors.
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