A compilation of smaller news items surfaced during and after today's "By innovation only" iPhone 11 launch event, including the ability to pre-order unlocked iPhones, the loss of 3D Touch, AppleCare+ details and an AR view of the iPhone 11 Pro.
The 2019 iPhone refresh could see the wholesale removal of 3D Touch from all models, a supply chain report claims, with the tactile touchscreen interaction potentially switched out for Haptic Touch across the three models due this fall.
The 3D Touch pressure sensitivity offered in some iPhone models could be improved upon in future models, with Apple examining the use of VCSEL technology to monitor deflections in a surface caused by a finger press, or even to analyze and monitor effects of the Taptic Engine.
When Apple released the iPhone XR, it didn't include 3D Touch as a feature due to the technical challenges of implementing an edge-to-edge display, but did introduce an alternative: Haptic Touch. AppleInsider explains how the haptic-based version fares compared against the well-known and well-loved feature it replaces.
Immersion has announced it has made a deal with Apple, entering into a settlement with the iPhone producer as well as setting up licensing agreements for its haptic feedback technology, an arrangement that is extremely likely to halt all of Immersion's current patent infringement lawsuits against Apple.
A new supply chain report pegs touch panel manufacturers General Interface Solution and TPK Holding as OLED touch panel suppliers for Apple, with the pair spending millions of dollars to expand capacity in time for the "iPhone 8."
Apple is expected to replace current 3D Touch technology with a new design based on thin film sensors when it introduces a next-generation iPhone with OLED display, according to noted analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
Apple's fall of 2016 product lineup has proven to be a major boon for supplier Advanced Semiconductor Engineering, as the Taiwan-based company is reportedly providing key silicon for both the iPhone 7 and Apple Watch Series 2.
The Touch ID home button on this year's iPhone will not physically click, instead mimicking the sensation of a click with haptic feedback, just like Apple's Force Touch trackpad found on newer MacBooks, a new report reaffirms.
Much like the Force Touch trackpad on Apple's latest MacBooks, the home button on the company's next-generation iPhone won't physically click when pressed — instead, it'll simulate a click with vibration, a pair of new rumors claim.
Facebook on Wednesday updated its Messenger iPhone app with support for 3D Touch, while Adobe released a new version of Lightroom for iOS, making important additions such as direct import of RAW files, and support for keyboard shortcuts on iPads.
When 3D Touch launched alongside iOS 9 and the iPhone 6s, part of the promise was quick shortcuts to some of the most used functions in apps. With iOS 10, people may sometimes be able to skip opening apps entirely.
On Tuesday the U.S. International Trade Commission launched an investigation into Apple and AT&T, following up on a complaint by San Jose's Immersion that various products are violating its haptic feedback patents.