In this tutorial, we’ll be discussing and implementing the 3D Touch functionality in our iOS Application.

Peek and Pop

Peek and Pop is a functionality that is available in iPhone 6s and above. It occurs when a user presses deeply onto the screen.
we can show a preview of the next screen in a small window along with Quick Actions too.
It gives the feeling of a 3D touch.

Instead of going onto the next screen, you can quickly preview the content using 3D Touch.
Pressing Hard shows you the preview.
Pressing Harder would show the entire screen.

To do it automatically using Storyboard, we can always select the option “Preview & Commit Segues” in the attributes inspector on the segue.

In order to use Peek and Pop feature, UIViewControllerPreviewingDelegate protocol must be added to the ViewController class and the delegate methods need to be implemented.

  • previewingContext(_ previewingContext: UIViewControllerPreviewing, viewControllerForLocation location: CGPoint)
  • previewingContext(_ previewingContext: UIViewControllerPreviewing, commit viewControllerToCommit: UIViewController)

Learn by example!

In the next section, we’ll learn by implementing Peek and Pop on a UITableView in our iOS Application.

First the storyboard!

Project Storyboard


Let’s embed the First View Controller in a NavigationController.

ios peek pop storyboard 2

Connect the IBOutlet for all the elements to their respective View Controller.


In order to implement Peek and Pop, we need to first register the view on which the 3D interaction is enabled.
We can add the following statement in the viewDidLoad method for that:

The code for the ViewController.swift file is given below:

We populate the UITableView with an array of strings.
In the previewing protocol delegate method, we launch the detail view controller in a small window.
In the didSelectRow method of the UITableView protocols, we directly take the user to the DetailsViewController alongwith passing the data.

The code for the DetailViewController.swift is given below:

The output of the above application in action is given below:

ios peek pop output 1

Using Preview Actions

To show Preview Actions, you need to add the following code in the ViewController that is previewed.
It is DetailsViewController in our case.

The output of the application with the above actions is given below:

ios peek pop output 2

This brings an end to this tutorial. You can download the project from the link below:

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