Poison Maps uses 3D Touch in a unique way to pan and zoom

Poison Maps iOS app

Apple sees a big future for 3D Touch, already calling it a feature as important as multitouch was all those years ago, and some developers are certainly making a case for this.

Developers behind a new app called Poison Maps are making use of 3D Touch in a bold way, making it even easier to pan and zoom in a digital maps application. Right now, the standard way to wander around a map on a touchscreen-enabled device is to use multitouch gestures, like pinching to zoom in and out, but sometimes that can leave a lot to be desired.

With 3D Touch in Poison Maps, all it takes is one finger to zoom and pan around. The developers are using patent-pending gestures called “context panning” and “context zooming.” With the panning gesture, a user simply has to hard press on the display to zoom out a bit, and a red box will appear that outlines where you were just looking. By dragging the user’s finger on the display, the red box will follow, and the user can highlight somewhere else they want to view in detail. Releasing the pressure on the display will see the app zoom in.

With context zooming, a user hard presses on the display to varying levels of pressure, which will zoom further and further out, while keeping the red box around the area the user was previously zoomed in on. It’s a quick way to see what’s around a user’s current location, and then allowing them to quickly zoom back in, all without having to use multiple fingers or gestures to get the job done.

Here’s a quick video on how it works:

Poison Maps has two versions: A free option for North America, which comes with in-app purchases to unlock more point of interest (POI) data points; and a larger global option, which is priced at $1.99. Links to both options are available below.

What do you think of the use of 3D Touch here? Should Apple start implementing this feature into its own Maps app?


  • Poison Maps (N.A.) — Free
  • Poison Maps (Global) — $1.99
[via The Loop]