In recent times, Apple's elimination of 3D Touch has been unknown. In 2018, a team of analysts predicted that this function would be eliminated from the iPhone altogether. This prediction was corroborated by the Wall Street Journal in January 2019.
Recently, one of Apple's Taiwanese vendors said Apple could remove hardware that enables 3D Touch on future iPhones. However, Cupertino's company has not confirmed anything for now.
After all, what is 3D Touch?
Introduced in 2015 with iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, 3D Touch is tactile on-screen feedback. The user could exert 3 different pressure levels on an application icon, accessing different information. Using the iMessage app as an example:
- Pressure Level 1 – Open New Message
- Pressure level 2 – View message predictions and respond to them
- Pressure Level 3 – Sign in to iMessage and view content
IOS 13 and iPadOS also suggest that 3D Touch will end
The new versions of Apple's mobile operating systems seem to be opting for extended touch rather than pressure. This means that a user will only have to tap and hold the app icon to access quick options. No more pressure will be applied to the screen.
In fact, this system makes a lot more sense and is more intuitive in an interface. In addition, Apple will save a few dollars by excluding the technology that enables 3D Touch on iPhone screens.
The iPhone XR, for example, does not include 3D Touch technology because of its lower panel than the OLED included in the XS and XS Max. However, the fast actions are there through a long touch.
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