Apple could be planning to drop 3D Touch on all of its 2019 iPhones, in favor of using the Haptic Touch feature found on the iPhone XR.
Last week, in a research note, a team of Barclay analysts said they had “confirmed” that 3D Touch “will be eliminated” in all 2019 iPhones, as they had predicted would happen back in August 2018. The analysts came to this conclusion after gathering information from Apple’s Asian supply chain. (Via MacRumors)
Apple replace 3D Touch with Haptic Touch on the iPhone XR, to allow for a nearly edge-to-edge display on the LCD display device. Haptic Touch is Apple’s term for a long press combined with haptic feedback from the Taptic Engine.
The report doesn’t indicate why Apple would remove 3D Touch from their iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max successors, since Apple has successfully integrated the feature into their edge-to-edge OLED displays.
Haptic Touch works in fewer places than 3D Touch, such as the flashlight and camera shortcuts on the lock screen, in the Control Center and to expand notifications. The feature does not support Quick Actions app menus or Peek and Pop content previewing.
This is another one of those reports you’ll need to take with a grain of your favorite low-sodium seasoning. We won’t know anything for sure until Apple unveils their new iPhone lineup in September. However, we might get a hint of two as to what might happen next week, during WWDC 2019.