Apple's next iPhone may ditch 3D Touch

The lower-end iPhone is said to be using a CGS (Cover Glass Sensor) process, which will be much thinner.

However, the mystery behind the thin-film sensor is not revealed in Kuo's note, but it might be some kind of an alternative to the 3D Touch feature. However, it would increase the price of the touch panel and therefore Apple would choose to leave the 3D Touch functionality with the cheapest model.

The iPhone 6s debuted one of the most revolutionary technologies that became key to an iPhone's appeal - 3D Touch. Because of the higher cost of the new display glass, Kuo believes that Apple will have to forgo the 3D Touch technology for the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone to offset the increased cost and maintain the device's cheaper price. Hence, the removal of 3D touch in the 6.1-inch display will offset the cost.

Apple recently filed to register 11 separate iPhone models and tech commentators suggest it's likely that several model numbers will be attached to each iPhone, rather than each being for an individual release. This construction could benefit by making the screen of the iPhone stronger and much more resistant to cracking and breaking, which indeed would prove to be a much-required improvement. However, the 2016 iPhone SE did well without the 3D Touch by using an Android-esque long-press gesture. This updated display will supposedly raise the total cost of screen construction to between $23 and $26. As a user, you won't be able to use the apps which provide support for 3D Touch.

Back in January, KGI Securities expert Ming-Chi Kuo uncovered three potential new iPhone models Apple may discharge this year. Although Apple's 3D Touch functionality seemed quite elegant, it also had some serious issues.


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