by Joe Roberts 26 October 2015
When Apple announced 3D Touch for the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus few users would have envisioned it being used to weigh objects.
But that is just what one Paris-based developer has figured out how to do.
Simon Gladman has created an app which measures the weight of two plums and tells the user which of the two is heavier.
Check out the video below to see the appropriately titled ‘Plum-O-Meter’ in action.
3D touch was one of the biggest new features to accompany the launch of the new iPhones.
It was introduced to help users access more iOS 9 functions by varying the amount of force they applied when touching the phone screen.
Instead of using 3D Touch to peek at emails without opening them or using the keyboard as a trackpad, Mr Gladman explains in a blog post how he used it to solve an ongoing problem: to ensure his wife got the larger of two plums in the morning.
“Simply place two delicious plums on the iPhone’s screen and the heavier of the two is highlighted in yellow,” he explains.
The app also displays the weight of each object as a percentage.
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Huawei Mate S owners will be familiar with virtual scales as the Android smartphone with ‘Force Touch’ comes with a preinstalled scale app.
But Mr Gladman is the first to use 3D Touch in this way and has made his version of the app open source.
It can be loaded onto an iPhone 6S or 6S Plus without the need for any jailbreaking.
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