The iPad Pro is a powerful device, and still new, but it’s missing Apple’s newest invention: 3D Touch. That’s changed thanks to some tinkering, though.
Thanks to developer Hamza Sood and his intricate knowledge of iOS, he was able to jailbreak iOS 9 and subsequently link relevant bits of the software’s code to manipulate pressure data from the Apple Pencil to correlate into 3D Touch responses. This is only possible on the iPad Pro thanks to the Apple Pencil and its array of sensors, which, typically, are meant to read layers of pressure data for painting, writing and sketching.
You can check it out in a brief video that Sood posted to Twitter:
Useless project of the day: using Apple Pencil pressure data to drive the 3D Touch engine https://t.co/y3GNEZ8sfh pic.twitter.com/OwYpI9kIqD
— Hamza Sood (@hamzasood) November 23, 2015
We can see Peek and Pop working in the video, thanks to the Apple Pencil. It’s certainly a neat trick of the software and hardware. It just goes to show that Apple’s technology can be used in a variety of different ways, much different than what Apple has released them for. Indeed, just recently it was showcased how the Apple Pencil can be used as a variety of different tools, like a synthesizer and weight scale.
Sood has detailed the full process over on GitHub, which you can find here if you’re curious.
The future for the Apple Pencil seems bright. Do you think Apple will open up its capabilities in the future?