How to get 3D Touch and Live Photos without an iPhone 6s
With the debut of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus last month, Apple introduced several new features that are exclusive to the latest iPhone hardware. However, as in previous years, the recent release of a jailbreak for iOS 9 has allowed some of these features to be activated on older devices without requiring a new iPhone.
While you won’t be able to get things like the increased performance afforded by the A9 chip or the ability to record 4K video, you will be able to get a few strictly software-based features. Keep reading to learn how to enable 3D Touch shortcuts on your Home screen and Live Photos in the Camera app.
3D Touch shortcuts
You still won’t be able to take advantage of 3D Touch system-wide due to the lack of a force-sensitive display on older iPhones, but you can still benefit from the shortcuts available on the Home screen. A new, free tweak called Forcy will allow you to swipe up on your home screen icons to access their 3D Touch menus.
Forcy was even updated today with a new setting that lets you switch the gesture to a long press. Doing so will let you swipe up on the icons to enter “wiggle mode” for rearranging or deleting apps. An option to enable a vibration, or haptic feedback, when you activate the tweak has also been added.
You can download Forcy from the BigBoss repo for free.
To easily activate the Live Photos feature, you can use the popular and versatile Flex tweak. Flex allows you to download simple but powerful patches. One of the few camera patches available for iOS 9+ right now can enable Live Photos on older devices.
Once you’ve activated the patch, you can find the Live Photos button at the top of the Camera app. Turning the feature on will let you snap the same Live Photos you’ll find on the iPhone 6s minus the bumped up 12MP resolution. To play back the video portion of the recording, you just have to do a long press on the image, no “force” required.
A second option for enabling this feature is also available. This tweak, while less versatile than Flex, it will activate Live Photos in the Camera app without any issues.
Flex is available on the BigBoss repo for $3.99. EnableLivePhotos is free.