Adding 3D Touch Peek and Pop to preview departments and shelves in our iOS app
Oct 29, 2015
I want to make our Groser app awesome by adding 3D Touch Peek and Pop to it on new iPhones. Let’s start by adding preview feature for store department when user applies force on “More” button.
We want to preview department on the second screen when user uses 3D Touch Peek on the first screen
I found a tutorial in Swift and will follow it to integrate 3D Touch in my app.
First, I create Swift extension for GRStoreViewController Objective C view controller class, import Groser-Swift.h into GRStoreViewController.h, and register for previewing department on button press. Our “More” button is inside CollectionView header, so I register inside implementation of collectionView:viewForSupplementaryElementOfKind:atIndexPath:. Before registering we check controller’s traitCollection.forceTouchCapability for UIForceTouchCapabilityAvailable.
Next, we’ll implement UIViewControllerPreviewingDelegate method starting with previewingContext:viewControllerForLocation. To preview department we need to know which one to show, we’ll use location argument to find indexPath of the section which was touched. Each section index maps directly to department index in store. UICollectionView can only find indexPath from point for collection cells, and we know that there are cells under collection section header, so we offset touch point y by 50px and get indexPath for the cell under section header. Initialize DepartmentsPagerController with store and current department.
Configure previewing controller preferredContentSize and set previewingContext.sourceRect to collection view header frame, so everything but header will be blured when previewing department. Let’ iOS decide the width, and set the height to 200px less than Store view height.
Popping into Department
Implement previewingContext:commitViewController to push previewed view controller into UINavigationController stack.
That’s it! Let’s check how it looks on device. Shit, I upgraded to iOS 9.1 and now my Xcode 7.0.1 can’t build app for iOS 9.1. Almost 45 minutes later after downloading and installing Xcode 7.1…
3D Touch Peek
It works, but only on the first collection view section. It was not the smartest move on my part to register preview delegate for each section header when only 2 at most will be visible on screen. I decided to register preview delegate for the view and find which section header was force touched by checking which section header frame contains touch location.
3D Touch Peek & Pop for Departments and Shelves inside Departments
Adding Peek & Pop was really easy, most of the time was spent on figuring out where user tapped in UICollectionView. I thought about adding Peek & Pop for individual product cells, not so sure why it would be useful though. Checking available delivery windows and delivery zone definitely will be useful, so I’ll add them too.