A new Apple iPhone may not have 3D Touch

An analyst predicts the pressure-sensitive feature may not be in a 6.1 inch iPhone for release later this year.

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Remember all the hype surrounding Apple's 3D Touch for iPhones not so long ago?


Apple's 3D Touch feature could be a goner for one new iPhone.

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Well, the pressure-sensitive feature that came with the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus to compliment swiping and other actions may not be in a newer model, according to KGI Securities analyst and known Apple commentator Ming-Chi Kuo (via MacRumors). 

Kuo claims that the feature you can use to quickly find a number, an email or take a selfie won't be in a rumored 6.1-inch iPhone expected to be released later this year. Kuo said the new phone, supposedly in the $700 to $800 price range, will have features similar to the iPhone X, including Face ID, an aluminum frame, and a single-lens rear camera. 

The phone is expected to be released in a 5.8-inch and a 6.5-inch model, with full-screen designs similar to the iPhone X.  

Kuo didn't address one key new feature: wireless charging.

The news comes a day after Kuo claimed Apple will discontinue the original iPhone X when the second-generation model is released later this year, instead of making the $999 phone cheaper.

Apple didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.