Instagram update gives older iPhones 3D Touch-like functionality

Rob Attrell

February 2, 2016 8:15pm

Facebook’s Instagram has become the online home for many amateur and professional photographers. Passing 400 million users last fall, the platform is an extremely popular social network, especially when considering the narrow scope of its functionality.

Today, the iOS Instagram app was updated to give older iPhone users something they have been sorely missing since September, the ability to emulate 3D Touch gestures with a long press.

The Instagram app for iOS has supported 3D Touch for a long time, and on Android the app was recently updated to give users a quick look at photos by holding down the application’s thumbnail. Older Apple smartphones, however, weren’t able to access this “Peek” functionality before today.

To date, no other application, not even Apple’s in-house developed apps, emulate 3D Touch gestures in any way.

If you’re on Android, or haven’t yet updated to the iPhone 6s or 6s Plus, you can go and try out long press gestures now by downloading Instagram from the iOS App Store or the Google Play Store.

  • DroDro

    I had no idea that this feature is to emulate 3D touch. I have been using it on my Android for awhile… Was there an article about it when Instagram introduced this feature on Android? I probably missed it.

  • thereasoner

    Yet another example of how Google was right, long press was already sufficient and force touch unnecessary, especially for the phone UI and in this case some apps as well.

    • Vito R.

      Just because the author and you don’t know what 3D Touch is doesn’t mean it’s unnecessary.

      Funny how Google supports this “unnecessary” feature on its iOS apps and will be adding it to Android once the hardware catches up.

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  • Adderbox76

    Soooo long press…..they added long press.