Apple’s 2015 MacBook and 13-inch Retina MacBook Pro are both equipped with a new Force Touch trackpad that adds new features within certain apps on OS X. If you’re not familiar with Apple’s new Force Touch trackpad, it’s completely pressure sensitive and can detect a hard press from a soft press. With this, you now have the ability to Force Click (a click with a continued press) on specific items to perform different actions.
We’ve spent the last 24 hours searching through OS X on Apple’s new 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display to find all of the hidden Force Click features that Apple has yet to mention. There are a good amount of uses for Force Click, but these 15 happen to be our favorite…
If you’d like to find out more about the functionality or technology behind the new Force Touch trackpad, click here. Also, for our full unboxing and overview of the 13-inch MacBook Pro (2015) check out this article. Apple has also documented a few of these features on the 12-inch MacBook design site, but many of them are simply discovered by Force Clicking on items within OS X.
In the future, Apple’s Force Click feature will be customizable within various 3rd-party apps through the new Force Touch API implemented within OS X 10.10.3. This will allows the developers of your favorite apps to enable Force Click gestures to perform various actions with the current generation 12-inch and 13-inch MacBooks.
Check out our top 15 hidden Force Click features video below:
Here are the 15 force click features we’ve found within OS X. To see them in action, watch the above video.
- Rename any label
- Preview any file
- Preview Calendar dates
- Click on any date to create an event
- Drop a pin in Maps
- Pressure sensitive zoom in Maps
- Lookup the definition of any word
- pressure sensitive fast forward
- Show all windows from an open app
- Right click on certain dock icons
- Edit contact details
- Add a contact with number or email address
- Preview any link (Safari only)
- Show Do Not Disturb options in Messages
- Pressure sensitive drawing
Check out the video to seem them all in action. If you’ve discovered any new Force Click features we’ve left out, drop a comment below and let us know. My personal favorite is the Safari link preview that allows you to view any website without actually launching a browser.
What are your favorite Force Touch/Click features? Do you think this is a useful feature for MacBooks?