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.