During recent times, the elimination of 3D Touch by Apple has been a mystery. 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 suppliers in Taiwan said that Apple could remove the hardware that 3D Touch allows on future iPhones. However, the Cupertino company has not confirmed anything yet.
After all, what is 3D Touch?
Introduced in 2015 with the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, 3D Touch is tactile feedback by pressure on the screen. The user could exercise 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 and predict messages
- Pressure level 3 – Enter iMessage and view contents
IOS 13 and iPadOS also suggest that 3D Touch will end
New versions of Apple’s mobile operating systems seem to be opting for the extended touch, not the pressure. This means that a user will only have to tap the app icon for a long time to access the quick options. You no longer need to apply pressure 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 allows 3D Touch on the screens of iPhones.
The iPhone XR, for example, does not include 3D Touch technology because of its inferior panel to the OLEDs included in the XS and XS Max. However, the quick actions are there in the same, through a prolonged touch.