LONDON: We all know Ming-Chi Kuo as the analyst that usually gets Apple rumors correct. The latest note from KGI Securities suggests that the 6.1-inch LCD iPhone, the entry-level model, will drop 3D Touch due to some new component changes that would drive up the cost.
Kuo says the 2018 entry-tier iPhone will use a new “Cover Glass Sensor” technology that would relocate the iPhone’s touch control module from the display panel to the actual glass. This “CGS” type of glass apparently makes a display lighter and more shock resistant. In addition to the in-glass sensor, another ‘touch film sensor’ will be added to the glass.
Source: KGI Securities
It isn’t known what the purpose of that film layer is for, but whatever it is, it will raise the cost of the display from $23 to $26. In order to offset these costs, Kuo predicts that Apple will drop 3D Touch functionality altogether, thus making it into a feature that Apple can hold hostage to the more expensive models. The other two models are said to continue to have 3D Touch functionality.