Apple to Remove 3D Touch Feature From Future Devices
After hyping the 3D Touch function which was a flagship feature of iPhone 6S in 2015, according to analysts Apple is going to be removing it altogether from the next generation of phones. The 3D Touch is a pressure-sensitive screen technology that is available in iPhones and the Apple watch but not other Apple gadgets.
Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis said that the it is understood the future sets would not have the 3D Touch feature. Curtis was referring to the two rumored high-end iPhones, which will include OLED displays (like the iPhone X). That still leaves the other rumored model, which is supposed to look like a larger version of the iPhone X with a cheaper LCD screen; but another analyst, the very reliable Ming-Chi Kuo, said months ago that it wouldn’t include 3D Touch either.
As the marketing chief Phil Schiller said, “Engineering-wise, the hardware to build a display that does what [3D Touch] does is unbelievably hard. And we’re going to waste a whole year of engineering — really, two — at a tremendous amount of cost and investment in manufacturing if it doesn’t do something that [people] are going to use. If it’s just a demo feature and a month later nobody is really using it, this is a huge waste of engineering talent.”
Ming-Chi Kuo also said that they would not be adding Apple Pencil as it offers a poor user experience as well as cheaper HomePod next year and new AirPods this year.