Apple Could Leave Out 3D Touch Feature For Some of Its iPhones

Judy Cobb
May 1, 2018

As such, in an effort to cut costs, Kuo says Apple may abandon 3D Touch on the upcoming 6.1-inch LCD iPhone.

We are months away from the launch of the new iPhones, and there's quite a lot we already know about them.

The new iPhone will also include a new "touch film sensor" to the glass. Not even Apple can avoid the drop in sales before the announcement of a new lineup of devices given its predictable release cycle.

KGI's former analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said this new display technology - dubbed a Cover Glass Sensor or CGS - means cracking and shattering the phone screen is less likely, but he predicted it will not come out until Apple's 2019 phone releases. The other two more-expensive iPhones, the iPhone X with 5.8-inch OLED display and the iPhone X Plus with 6.5-inch OLED display will still possess the feature. Last year, a similar issue was identified where Touch ID would stop working on the iPhone 7, if the screen was replaced by a third-party vendor.

So what will Apple replace 3D Touch with?

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Apple has not confirmed if that affordable version will be a new iPhone SE. If something as trivial as 3D Touch increases costs in production but offers very little in terms of functionality, then it's only logical for Apple to have it removed.

A record-breaking expansion to Apple's capital returns scheme, set to be announced alongside its latest quarterly earnings this week, could help win over investors who have become preoccupied by concerns of a global slowdown in smartphone sales.

The main problem with 3D Touch is that it's expendable.

In the leadup to the iPhone X reveal past year, analysts were visibly salivating at the prospect of an iPhone upgrade "supercycle", a tidal wave of profitability that would sweep Apple stocks to never-before-seen heights and truly enthrone Apple as the king of all smartphone makers. How often do you use this feature? Eventually, however, the Apple analyst believes that it would only be a matter of time before 3D Touch is completely retired from the company's devices.

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