A jailbreak here, an Apple Pencil there, and we already have 3D Touch on the iPad Pro

El iPad Pro y el Apple Pencil se lo ponen difícil a la Wacom Cintiq 13HD

Some of the reviews of the new iPad Pro have mentioned it: it wouldn’t have been bad if this new Apple professional tablet brought the 3D Touch of the iPhone 6s, with which we would have gained even more menus and possibilities in the applications. But it doesn’t, and that has put the minds of some experts to work.

A jailbreak here, an Apple Pencil there, and we already have 3D Touch on the iPad Pro
A jailbreak here, an Apple Pencil there, and we already have 3D Touch on the iPad Pro

And the developer Hamza Sood thought: if Mohammed does not go to the mountain, the mountain will come to Mohammed . And with the help of a jailbreak he got iOS to recognize the pressure of the Apple Pencil as a “switch” to activate 3D touch in the interface. The feat has been published on Github for all to see.

The iPad Pro screen doesn’t detect pressure, but the Apple Pencil does. And since that pen communicates with iOS, then the system only needs to interpret those pressures as if they were the ones we do with our finger on the iPhone 6s. And that’s how we achieve what you can see in the video above: the iPad Pro has gestures like Peek or Pop .

It doesn’t take much to think about the possibility: if an external developer has managed to do this, it means that at Apple must have seriously considered the idea . Instead of loading the whole screen with the 3D touch sensors, simply allow this interface to react to our pen pressure.

But maybe there are problems … pressing too hard on a single point can damage the screen, or the pressure points of the Apple Pencil don’t work enough to recognize those pressures without sacrificing other things. Or they just haven’t had time to launch it in time and we’ll see that in the future.

However, the fact that the iPhone now has that 3D touch doesn’t necessarily mean that something like that will arrive on the iPad . It’s all about seeing how the use of the tablet evolves (especially now with the arrival of the iPad Pro) and whether it’s feasible to bring the haptic sensor to such large panels.

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