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Apple may discontinue 3D Touch later this year

By Cookie Monster - on 7 Jun 2019, 1:00am

Apple may discontinue 3D Touch later this year

Apple introduced 3D Touch on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus in 2015.

Apple could discontinue 3D Touch on the iPhone when it rolls out iOS 13 in September. 

According to 9to5Mac, the iOS 13 developer beta shows no existence of 3D Touch gestures as Apple has standardized on a new long-press gesture for contextual actions. This applies to all iPhones, iPads and the 7th generation iPod Touch.

3D Touch features such as Peek and Pop, and Home Screen Quick Actions are now available with long-press gestures. For example, users can access a new previewing interface with a long-press which effectively replaces 3D Touch Peek. All devices can now access quick action shortcuts from the home screen by long-pressing on the icon. However, 3D Touch is still used on the Torch and Camera buttons available on the lock screen.

There have been rumors in the past year about 3D Touch being discontinued. Blayne Curtis, a Barclay's analyst, reported in August 2018 that this year's iPhone models could lose 3D Touch functionality. The Wall Street Journal claimed earlier this year that Apple would remove the pressure sensitive component that enables 3D Touch to cut costs for future iPhones. 

3D Touch made its debut as Force Touch on the 1st generation Apple Watch in 2014 and came to the iPhone 6s/6s Plus in 2015. Craig Federighi, the company’s Senior VP of software engineering, shared with Businessweek that it took Apple  “multi, multi, multi years” to develop 3D Touch.

Source: 9to5Mac

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