Improved Taptic Engine could replace 3D Touch in iPhone 11

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3D Touch
The handy but not vital tricks that come with 3D Touch are reportedly going away.
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Evidence continues to grow that the iPhone 11 will lack 3D Touch, and will instead include a smarter version of Haptic Touch — a fancy name for long-pressing on the screen.

Previous unconfirmed reports indicated Apple would kill 3D Touch to lower the cost of the 2019 models.

3D Touch: The writing is on the wall

3D Touch allows an iPhone to know how hard someone is pressing on the screen. It replaced Haptic Touch in some models, but not any iPad. The feature also failed to make it into the iPhone XR.

It apparently didn’t catch on. Multiple sources going back to last fall said it wouldn’t be part of any 2019 iOS handset.

And now an unconfirmed report indicates Apple will replace it with an improved version of the Taptic Engine, code-named “leap haptics,” according to 9to5mac. What the differences are is unknown.

iOS 13 tries to expand the reach of Haptic Touch to iPads. However, on iPhone the long-press is followed by a quick vibration as feedback. That’s currently not possible with Apple tablets because they don’t have a Taptic Engine.

Other iPhone 11 tweaks and non-changes

According to this same source, the iPhone 11’s front-facing camera will be able to capture slow-motion video.

And the source indicates that the leaks showing the triple-lens rear camera are essentially correct.

The iPhone 11 will supposedly include a Lightning port, and not change to USB-C as the iPad Pro models have done.

Numerous reports have indicated that the replacements for the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR will have the same size screens.