Apple expected to eliminate 3D Touch from all 2019 iPhones in favor of Haptic Touch

“Four years after 3D Touch debuted on the iPhone 6s, the pressure-sensitive feature appears to be on the chopping block,” Joe Rossignol reports for MacRumors.

“Last week, in a research note shared with MacRumors, a team of Barclays analysts ‘confirmed’ that 3D Touch ‘will be eliminated’ in all 2019 iPhones, as they predicted back in August 2018,” Rossignol reports. “This isn’t the first time we’ve heard this rumor. The Wall Street Journal said the same thing back in January. Apple already replaced 3D Touch with Haptic Touch on the iPhone XR in order to achieve a nearly edge-to-edge LCD on the device, and it is likely the feature will be expanded to all 2019 iPhones. Haptic Touch is simply a marketing name for a long press combined with haptic feedback from the Taptic Engine.”

“Haptic Touch on the iPhone XR works in fewer places than 3D Touch, including the flashlight and camera shortcuts on the lock screen, in Control Center to view hidden toggles, and to expand notifications,” Rossignol reports. “Haptic Touch does not support Quick Actions app menus or Peek and Pop for previewing content.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Hopefully, if true, Apple will expand the capabilities of Haptic Touch so that those of us who actually use 3D Touch won’t be losing functionality in future devices.

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3 Comments

  1. Like MDN said they need to expand the capabilities of Haptic Touch and then this won’t be too bad. In addition they could also make it so Haptic/3D Touch behaves the same on both iPad and iPhone.

    I hope they fill the extra space freed up with a bigger battery rather than making the phone thinner.

  2. 3D Touch was never something I used/wanted/liked. It was always in the way. Even if it hadn’t been, it’s a non-intuitive UI which really kicks sand in the face of Apple’s legacy.

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