Chapter 29
Adopting Haptic Touch and Context Menus

As your first app, the FoodPin app is pretty good. That said, if you want to make it even better and adopt some modern technologies provided by the iOS devices, I have two more chapters for you.

Since the release of the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, Apple introduced us an entirely new way to interact with our phones known as 3D Touch. It literally adds a new dimension to the user interface and offers a new kind of user experience. Not only can it sense your touch, iPhone can now sense how much pressure you apply to the display.

With 3D Touch, you have three new ways to interact with the iPhones: Quick Actions, Peek, and Pop. Quick actions are essentially shortcuts for your applications. When you press an app icon a little harder, it shows a set of quick actions, each of which allows you to jump straight to a particular part of an app. It simply saves you a few "taps".

Figure 29-1. Sample Quick Actions
Figure 29-1. Sample Quick Actions

Since the release of iPhone 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max, Apple was replacing 3D Touch with Haptic Touch across its entire iPhone lineup. Haptic Touch is pretty similar to 3D Touch. While 3D Touch supports force touch, Haptic Touch is a touch and hold gesture.

If you've used 3D Touch before, Peep and Pop is a very nice feature that gives users a quicker access to the app's contents. In iOS 13, this feature is replaced by Context Menus. It's very similar to Peep and Pop but with an instant access to a list of action items. What's more is that Context Menus work on all devices running on iOS 13 (or later).

So, you still have no ideas about Context Menus? Open the Photos app to try it out. When you touch and hold a thumbnail, you can bring the photo preview and a contextual menu that lets you have a quick access to some common functions. If you want more than a preview, just tap the photo preview to bring up a full view.

Figure 29-2. A sample context menu in Photos
Figure 29-2. A sample context menu in Photos

In this chapter, we will see how to work with context menus in iOS 13 (or later). More specifically, we will add Quick Actions and Context Menus to the FoodPin app.

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