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Facebook adds 3D Touch Quick Actions for posting photos + updates on iPhone 6s & 6s Plus

Facebook 3D Touch

You wouldn’t know it based on the boiler plate release notes, but Facebook’s latest iPhone app update now includes a new 3D Touch feature on Apple’s latest iPhones. Pressing the Facebook app icon firmly from the Home screen on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus brings up a Quick Action menu to do three things: write a post, upload a photo/video, or take a photo/video…

The first option lets you update your Facebook status which includes the usual location check-in options and more. The other two either let you quickly capture a video or photo and share one you’ve already snapped. Quick Actions support up to four options, so it’s possible Facebook could have a more context-based fourth option as we’ve seen in other apps.

I couldn’t find any examples of Peek and Pop, Apple’s new 3D Touch interactions used in other apps, within this update to Facebook for iPhone, and Live Photos are still just normal photos when you post them for now, but Apple says Facebook will support them before the end of the year.

Facebook-owned Instagram already updated for 3D Touch on the new iPhones, including Peek and Pop within the app as well as Quick Actions like Facebook, and Messenger recently launched its promised watchOS 2 app for Apple Watch, although the iPhone app is 3D Touch-less for now.

Facebook is also testing a new way to wish your friends “Happy birthday!” from the mobile app plus ways to express your reaction to statuses beyond like.

You can grab the latest version of Facebook’s app, version 41, on the App Store.

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  1. jorn - 7 years ago

    “You wouldn’t know it based on the boiler plate release notes…” Yeah. I really hate that.

    “Just update the app. Trust us. You trust us, right?”

  2. guacho8 - 7 years ago

    I just updated, all 3 options in 3D Touch do tha same, they just open Facebook..lame!!

  3. beyondthetech - 7 years ago

    Nice to get new features, but I wish they would’ve specified these new features instead of that generic stupid “we update every two weeks” notice on the App Store Update.

    Not even sure I want to keep this app on my iPhone anymore. Just read on a dev’s tweet that they’re bypassing the Background Refresh feature by sneakily using the APIs for background audio for tracking and data collection purposes. Not sure how that could be kosher with Cupertino, but that’s not kosher in my book.

    • John - 7 years ago

      I’ve uninstalled it. Battery usage was something like 10h background when I have background app refresh and location services off! Definitely not cool!

  4. Robert Stukenbroeker - 7 years ago

    Would be nice to have the 4th option “check in”

  5. Abdelmajid Jebeniani - 7 years ago

    you can peek and pop when you access Facebook from safari

  6. uniquified - 7 years ago

    I’m glad to read in these comments that I’m not the only one that hates the boiler plate release notes. I actually stopped updating my Facebook app a long time ago since I didn’t want a separate Messenger app. But I have yet to hear of any updates that I would be interested in (like a sticky Most Recent news feed, or Landscape Mode support). Most of the reviews I read of updates aren’t very good – what the hell are they doing with their releases every few weeks?

  7. D0GG - 7 years ago

    It is kind of ok.

    Had to delete and re-download the app to make it work. Before I did that the 3 buttons for status, photo and checkin wouldn’t respond and the 3D menu just brought you to the main page.

  8. Chris Powers - 7 years ago

    I just wish the Facebook app would support the split screen multi-tasking like Twitter does!


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