Apple could ditch '3D Touch' in 6.1-inch LCD iPhone this year

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Barclays analyst Blayne Curtis and his associates have predicted in a recent research note that the new iPhones launching later this year may not come bundled with the Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack adapter, MacRumors is reporting.

Popular and uncannily reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has issued a rather grave prediction for the iPhone series of 2018.

Both devices will reportedly continue to offer "3D Touch" functionality. This new display will cost a little more, so the analyst believes that the company will remove the feature to reduce costs.

The 3D Touch feature was introduced with the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.

Apple plans to add the CGS technology to OLED iPhones in 2019. Though it's hard to imagine for anyone to be disappointed if this feature was to be removed, there are a bunch of 3D Touch loyalists out there, as Gizmodo notes, and they swear by its convenience. The company is also working on technology such as touchless gesture control which could be a replacement to the 3D touch when it becomes available. As such, in an effort to cut costs, Kuo says Apple may abandon 3D Touch on the upcoming 6.1-inch LCD iPhone. Apart from that, this phone will include features like the new generation Face ID and the A12 processor that the company will be using for their pricier OLED counterparts.

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Kuo also claims that this may just be the beginning of Apple's 3D Touch phase-out. Fiscal second-quarter iPhone unit sales are expected to be 51.9 million, up from 50.8 million a year earlier, according to average analyst forecasts compiled by Bloomberg. Apple expected to sell 27 million iPhone X handsets in Q1 2018, now expecting to have sold 14 million units.

"That lower-priced iPhone X, essentially, should be a successful product".

At a launch party in November last year, the chief executive of Apple waxed lyrical about the new iPhone X, a special edition handset to mark ten years since Steve Jobs had launched the first.

The main problem with 3D Touch is that it's expendable.

Apple stock fell last month after one of its key chip suppliers warned of "continued weak demand". How often do you use this feature?

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