Wednesday 7 December 2016

iPhone SE could drop 3D touch

Daniel Anderson

Published 02/03/2016 | 09:57

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iphone se

The upcoming smaller iPhone, potentially named the iPhone SE, might drop that fancy 3D touch feature which appeared in recent handsets

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Apple is holding a major event in March and a large number of leaks are suggesting that they could use the platform to present an all new iPhone, moving away from the regular reveal and release September strategy.

It's said to be a smaller, 4 inch model which could look quite like 2013's 5s but with faster innards and the latest camera tech. That all sounds very appealing for users demanding a more pocket sized phone, and it will hopefully also debut at a lower price point.

The latest leak suggests that the smaller screen size might come with its own compromises, in this case the loss of the much talked about 3D Touch feature. This allowed for users to apply different levels of pressure to the screen for a range of effects - like a souped up long press. The info comes from a tipster who says that the way the screen has been developed doesn't leave room for the required components for 3D Touch, based on this photo.

3D Touch has been a marquee feature for the latest iPhone 6 models but its hard to know if users will be all that interested in its absence, especially if they're coming from a previous generation which never supported the feature in the first place. Either way we'll know more after the Apple event on the 15th of March 2016.

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