Microsoft Adds 3D Touch Support to Skype iOS App
Skype now supports Force Touch, one of the new signature features in Apple's new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.Apart from the expected spec bump, one of the most noteworthy new features Apple packed into the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus is 3D Touch. Similar to the Force Touch technology found the in latest MacBook, 3D touch enables new app experiences by pressing a little more firmly on their screen. For example, pressing down on the phone icon will sprout a list of frequently called contacts along with the option to create a new one. Pushing down on a message in the Mail app inbox will generate a pop-up preview, or a "Peek" in Apple parlance, without requiring the user to switch screens. Pressing harder causes the message to open, or "Pop." Microsoft has extended that experience to its updated Skype 6.5 app for iOS, the company announced today. "Force Touch the Skype icon on your home screen for quick access to our most used features—search your Skype contacts, start a call or chat, and access the Skype dial pad," blogged the Skype Team. "Clicking any of these options takes you to that task in Skype instantly."
Once in the app, users can use 3D Touch to peek into the most recent instant messages or live video within a list of recent conversations. Pressing harder pops the selected conversation into the foreground. Within Skype conversations, 3D Touch support makes it possible to preview photos, shared contacts, Web links and locations.