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Actually, this is the best use of 3D Touch on the iPhone yet

A recent accidental discovery has led me to rethink the most useful 3D Touch shortcut on the iPhone.

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Back in April, I declared using 3D Touch on the App Store icon to quickly update all apps was the most amazing use of 3D Touch ever. And it was! Until a few days ago when I accidentally discovered what I now consider the best use of Apple's pressure-sensitive screen.

I suspect most people hide or categorize apps using folders. It's helpful for decluttering your home screen, but it's super-annoying to tap multiple times to view which apps have notifications awaiting your attention. The process usually goes like this: You open the folder, and if the app with the notification isn't on the first page you have to swipe to find it, then open it and repeat the process.

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But if you own an iPhone 6S ($650.00 at Amazon Marketplace) or iPhone 7, use 3D Touch to press on the folder icon and you will find a list of which apps have notifications, and better yet, tapping on the app will launch the proper app. It's a super-useful shortcut that's hidden, just like almost all of of 3D Touch's shortcuts are.