According to foreign media reports, Apple reportedly removed 3D Touch functionality from all iPhone 11 models and introduced a new OLED display manufacturer, BOE, to its supply chain.
Regarding the removal of the 3D Touch function, there was a previous guess. In the past year, several analysts said that Apple will no longer produce pressure sensitive screens for its devices. 3D Touch also does not appear on the iPhone XR.
The new iPhone will be available soon, and each model of the new phone may not be equipped with a pressure-sensitive screen and will not offer a unique 3D touch experience. Apple has begun to lay the groundwork for user interface changes in iOS 13.
The report quoted industry news from Apple's touch module makers TPK and GIS. As the new iPhone's touch module is simpler to manufacture and component costs are lower, these manufacturers ultimately make a profit on each mobile phone. It will be lower.
However, these suppliers appear to be satisfied with the prospects for the second half of 2019 as they receive a continuous order for the new iPad and Macbook touch sensors, while the demand for parts for existing iPhone models remains a revenue.
So far, Samsung has been the sole supplier of OLED displays for Apple's iPhone X, iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.
The report said that Apple is considering adding BOE to the supply chain because Japan's recent restrictions on South Korean exports may jeopardize OLED production.
Apple is expected to release its iPhone series without 3D Touch in the fall of September. (Tencent Technology Review / Yu Jia)