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6.1-inch LCD iPhone model might not come with 3D Touch

By Cookie Monster - on 28 Apr 2018, 11:31am

6.1-inch LCD iPhone model might not come with 3D Touch

Image source: KGI Securities

The 6.1-inch LCD iPhone model might not come with as many features as its OLED counterparts.

According to KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will remove 3D Touch support on the 6.1-inch iPhone model due to cost considerations. Kuo believes Apple is using the "Cover Glass Sensor" (CGS) technology for the 6.1-inch iPhone model, but it will increase the manufacturing cost of the display panel by 15%. 

CGS display technology can make a display panel lighter and more shock resistant by relocating the iPhone's touch module from the display panel to the surface glass. It also allows Apple to add a thin-film sensor to the touch film sensor. 

As Apple is expected to use the CGS display technology for all future iPhones, 3D Touch might be removed from all iPhones. This could pave the way for the touchless gesture controls that Apple is reportedly developing. However, it's odd to see Apple doing away with a much hyped feature that took “multi, multi, multi years” to develop. 

The 6.1-inch LCD iPhone is rumored to be built differently from the OLED models and use the rectangular battery design to save costs. However, it is said to do away with Touch ID and support Face ID technology. Kuo reported in February that Apple is estimated to sell 100 million units of the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone due to its affordable price tag.

Source: Feng via MacRumors

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