At its September event, Apple announced two new iPhones with ‘s’ branding and with minor hardware upgrades. But Apple did have two surprises up its sleeve; the first being live photos and second was 3D Touch.
While live photos have been there on other smartphones in different forms, 3D Touch as Apple likes to call is definitely radical. It is poised to become the next big way of interacting with iPhones and other Android phones too.
In Apple’s design chief Jony Ive words, “3D Touch is the next generation of multi-touch and it uses force to enable new gestures like peek and pop.” These new gestures are as revolutionary to mobile ecosystem as drag and drop was in the PC world.
Any great idea is incomplete without proper implementation and while Apple has done its job, the onus of making 3D great lies in the hands of third-party developers and with Flickr’s new update we are seeing what is possible. While Facebook, Instagram, Skype, Twitter and Dark Sky have already updated their apps to support 3D Touch – Flickr’s implementation looks to be the best.
If numbers are anything to be believed, Flickr’s repository mostly houses iPhone pictures.
Flickr’s is basically home to everyday photos and it extends its functions by bringing sharing features. Apart from these two, Flickr also shows the feed of popular photos from different people in the Flickr community, whom users may follow and fave their photos.
Flickr’s 3D Touch implementation allows users to do just all of these but in a way that is simpler than ever before. Force touching the app now allows users to upload a pic, check feed, see notifications and even search. It is actually visualising all the menus even without opening the app.
Rather than opening the app, clicking upload and then selecting the photo – one can just skip steps and let 3D Touch magically do the job. While 3D Touch on most apps is only accessible on the icon, Flickr’s integration goes deep into the app. While inside Feed, a gentle press gives a Peek of the image while pressing little harder brings that image to life. Now rather than seeing the complete image, just take a glance once and see it in all its glory only if you wish to.
Also users can peek and pop into their own albums, something on the lines of what Instagram also offers. While Live Photos have been on other devices in other forms, 3D Touch is something destined to land on every other smartphone and Flickr shows the path ahead for this radical new way of interaction.