Apple Pencil Hack Brings 3D Touch to iPad Pro

Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have “peek and pop” capabilities because of the 3DTouch technology. This has users excited. Unfortunately, the 3D Touch was not included in the new iPad Pro. Apple’s iPad Pro combines the portability of the iPad and iPhone with the functionality of a laptop. But users miss having the ability to control their screen with the touch of a finger. Now developer Hamza Sood has created a jailbreak hack for iOS 9.1 that uses Apple Pencil to bring 3D Touch to the iPad Pro.

Peek and Pop

3D Touch is a revolutionary technology that can detect how hard you push on the screen. The pressure effectively data enables a “right click” like functionality, giving you options to open apps and do actions with quick gestures.


Although iPad Pro was not created with 3D Touch, it was created with sensors enabling you to use Apple Pencil, the company’s first entry into the stylus market. Sood’s hack is unique because it hacked the software of the Apple Pencil rather than the iPad Pro hardware itself. Pencil uses pressure sensor data to enable painting, drawing and sketching. Sood cleverly uses the pressure sensor data and converts it so that it registers on the iPad as a 3D type gesture.

Apple Watch and iPad Pro use the older technology, Force Touch. Still, by hacking the Pencil, the iPad Pro has the ability to do many of the same actions as 3D Touch. Sood demonstrates his hack in the above video. As you can see, depending on how hard the Pencil is pressed, Sood has even coded it to work in the same way as the new “pop” gesture on iPhone 6S, where can can press harder on the screen to get a “pop up” screen. You can see this on your iPhone if you want to review an email, when you can get a “pop up” near full-screen preview of the contents, without having to actually open the email itself.

The video demonstrates many of the special 3D Touch functions like Peek and Pop being performed on the iPad Pro with an Apple Pencil. If you are interested in implementing this hack, and are one of the lucky few to get your hands on an Apple Pencil, then the source code can be found on GitHub. Apple’s Pencil and SmartKeyboard are in high demand. They are currently backordered for as long as 4-6 weeks through the Apple site.

Sood has created many innovative iOS hacks. He previously came up with custom watch faces for Apple Watch. As Sood as torn apart the most recent generations of devices, many details pertinent to developers and hackers have been discovered. For example, Sood found Xcode which seemed to confirm the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus each have 2GB of RAM, while the iPad Pro has 4GB of RAM. Apple tends to hide the RAM by excluding it from its official announcements. Hamza Sood also discovered secret settings in the iOS 8 beta which strongly suggested that next version of Apple’s mobile OS would allow users to customize the pop-up Control Center—including adding, removing, and reorganizing shortcuts.

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