This year's OLED Apple iPhones could be the last to include 3D Touch



The Apple iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus were the first iOS handsets equipped with 3D Touch. The feature allows users to "peek" into an app with a slightly heavier than normal touch on the screen. A heavy touch will "pop" the user right into the app. It also can be used to more easily perform other tasks. Earlier this year, highly regarded analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone will not sport 3D Touch because of an extra layer of thin film required for the display.

Now comes a report from Barclay's analyst Blayne Curtis, who recently visited Apple's supply chain in Asia. Curtis came back from his trip with some news about the 2019 iPhone models. The analyst says that it is "widely understood" that next year's OLED models will also lose 3D Touch. So we could be looking at the end of 3D Touch this year with the 5.8-inch and 6.5-inch iPhone units the last to support the feature. 

The report says that the new water resistant AirPod 2 will hit the market in the fourth quarter of 2019. However, a version of the AirPod carrying case that supports wireless charging will be launched next month, according to Barclay's. And the long awaited, but not forgotten, AirPower charging mat will also be available in September, Curtis says. He also expects Apple to release a cheaper smart speaker next year. He notes that HomePod sales have been disappointing with only five million units rung up since its launch in Febraury.

And while Kuo recently told his clients that the 2018 iPhones will not support the Apple Pencil, Barclay's says that it "does see the potential for the new iPhones to support pen input."

source: MacRumors

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16 Comments

1. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

After watching this video by EverythingApplePro, you can see how unnecessary 3D Touch actually is. https://youtu.be/RJktNq6kYHU

2. BullaBoss

Posts: 141; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

I actually use it daily. 3D Touch and swipe the keyboard instead of fiddling with a cursor is nice. (Can be done with swiping space bar) Live Photo’s, peeking at content etc but I agree it’s not a game changer.

3. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

No, I'm talking about the tech behind it. In the video, you can clearly see it's not needed to accomplish the execution. My iPad Pro has some 3D Touch features, and they work great.

12. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

The extra cost of the hardware that is needed to support 3D touch is a waste of money, especially since developers still have to code for devices that don't support 3D touch.

14. darkkjedii

Posts: 30786; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Exactly

4. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

The pressure sensitive drawing is freaking awesome! I use all the time!

5. Zylam

Posts: 1801; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

My favourite feature :(. The pressing hard and switching between apps and pulling back to get the full view of open apps... ohhh man it's changed my life so much. The one handed experience is something else. I'll buy up a few iPhone 8's when they are cheap and keep the dream alive!

6. cncrim

Posts: 1557; Member since: Aug 15, 2011

The only 3d touch useful is keyboard mouse track other than that i forgot it was there.

8. Vokilam

Posts: 1031; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

I love 3D Touch - one of the best features of iOS. Would be devastated if Apple stopped including it in their phones. I hope at least one model has it - that’s the one I’ll buy.

9. kotan24

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Noooo I love 3d touch!

10. kozza3

Posts: 777; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

Oh wow that's amazing

11. Elvis358

Posts: 198; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Ohh that was a cool featur!!!

13. Leo_MC

Posts: 6388; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

I'm not a fan of a feature, I'm a fan of what a feature can do so, if Apple manages to offer the same experience (or better) without 3D touch (like it does with airplay, airpods etc), I'm ok (especially since I probably won't be buying a new iPhone until 2019 batch comes up).

15. gamehead unregistered

Apple removing features and charging more. Shocker

16. Rigmaster

Posts: 234; Member since: Jan 22, 2018

In light of this and since they're struggling with names, how about calling it iPhone X Touch? Ha.

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