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Facebook Updates iOS App To Make The Most Of Apple’s 3D Touch

22 January 2016, 8:56 pm EST By Dave Calpito Tech Times
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Facebook updated its iOS app, adding new 3D Touch features that iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus users will appreciate. 

With the update onboard, iPhone users can now take advantage of the "peek and pop" 3D Touch actions on profiles, web links, groups, events, pages, profile pictures, photos, cover photos and profile pictures.

Users can lightly press on the screen to get a preview, or the "peek" part of the feature. If they like what they see, they can continue pressing for the "pop."

Last year, the company added a "quick view" shortcut, which appears when users press the app's home screen icon. This feature allows users to quickly write a post, take a photo/video, upload a photo/video or view profile.

The social network has already started rolling out the new update beginning with a small group on Thursday, with everyone else getting it "over the coming months," according to Facebook.

More and more developers are taking advantage 3D Touch. One of the first apps that rolled out 3D Touch support is Instagram, which also brought 3D Touch functionalities to Android.

Now that Facebook has focused its attention on expanding support for Apple's new touchscreen technology, it is  likely that more developers will follow its footsteps down the 3D Touch road.

Facebook continuously adds new features to its iOS and Android apps. Last month, it began testing its live streaming video feature Facebook Live Video with a small number of iOS users in the U.S. to take on Meerkat and Periscope.

Facebook initially allowed celebrities to use this feature back in August. Users can select who can stream their live videos. They will then get a notification when users are watching their live streams.

"Live lets you show the people you care about what you're seeing in real time – whether you're visiting a new place, cooking your favorite recipe, or just want to share some thoughts," said Facebook. 

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