iOS 9 hacked to get 3D Touch working on the iPad Pro via Apple Pencil

watchOS 2, the operating system powering Apple’s wearable gizmo, includes support for third-party complications on select watch faces designed to support them. But as far as watch faces themselves go, users are limited to a handful of built-in styles as Apple’s software development kit (SDK) doesn’t allow for downloadable watch faces yet.

Developer Hamza Sood and his intricate knowledge of iOS, he was able to jailbreak iOS 9 and subsequently link relevant bits of the software’s code to manipulate pressure data from the Apple Pencil to correlate into 3D Touch responses. This is only possible on the iPad Pro thanks to the Apple Pencil and its array of sensors, which, typically, are meant to read layers of pressure data for painting, writing and sketching.

You can check it out in a brief video that Sood posted to Twitter:
We can see Peek and Pop working in the video, thanks to the Apple Pencil. It’s certainly a neat trick of the software and hardware. It just goes to show that Apple’s technology can be used in a variety of different ways, much different than what Apple has released them for. Indeed, just recently it was showcased how the Apple Pencil can be used as a variety of different tools, like a synthesizer and weight scale.

Sood has detailed the full process over on GitHub, which you can find here if you’re curious.

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