Hacked iOS 9 Firmware Adds 3D Touch With Apple Pencil To iPad Pro
While Apple may not have provided 3D Touch functionality to its iPad Pro users, those who own the Apple Pencil can still use the feature now thanks to a hacked build of iOS 9 created by an iOS developer by the name of Hamza Sood.
Hamza shared a small video on his Twitter showcasing the functionality to depict various 3D Touch functions as Peek and Pop being performed on an iPad Pro which is running the hacked firmware.
— Hamza Sood (@hamzasood) November 23, 2015
Apparently it has all been possible because of pressure sensors in Apple Pencil that report back pressure data to the system to create extra dimension when painting or drawing. Hamza’s modified firmware converts this raw force data into legible numbers which can be understood by the 3D Touch Peek and Pop system of the device.
Obviously since this feature relies on those sensors, it isn’t possible to perform the 3D Touch functionality without an Apple Pencil.
It is highly unlikely that Apple will bring the 3D Touch functionality to iPad Pro in the future so for those interested in using it, even if it is just for some basic art purposes, they will have to continue to use the hacked iOS 9 firmware which is available on GitHub.