Apple could remove 3D touch from future iPhone models according to Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis and his associates who cite sources in Asia who claim it is “widely understood” that the technology will be removed from Apple’s iPhone line in 2019.
The news would mean this year’s OLED iPhone models could be the last to include 3D Touch that allows users to perform quick “peek” and “pop” gestures within iOS and third-party apps, such as the Official TAP App.
Earlier in the year reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo suggested Apple’s forthcoming low-cost 6.1-inch iPhone model would use a new “Cover Glass Sensor” (CGS) technology that removes 3D Touch in an effort to keep production costs to a minimum. – The new CGS displays will reportedly make the device lighter and more resistant to damage.
Given Ming-Chi Kuo’s suggestion, this means the upgraded iPhone X and new “iPhone X Plus” would be the only devices launching this year to feature 3D Touch.
The report from Barclays notes the plans to remove 3D Touch aren’t finalized and could be subject to change, so you should take their report with a pinch of salt. After all, it sounds rather strange of Apple to choose to ditch 3D Touch considering how deeply it has been integrated into the iPhone over the past three years.