And it turns out that is indeed the case. However, while 3D Touch is no longer a bullet point on the features list for the newest iPhones, it’s not losing the long-press feature completely. Instead of 3D Touch, Apple is switching over to Haptic Touch for its newest smartphones.
Haptic Touch and 3D Touch share a lot of similarities. It’s still a long-press function, but Haptic Touch does not feature a pressure-sensitive response like 3D Touch does. Instead, it’s similar to a long press that you might be accustomed to on the iPad lineup, with a gentle haptic feedback. Haptic Touch does not feature multiple levels of response, either.
Haptic Touch was introduced along with the iPhone XR last year, so owners of that handset will feel perfectly comfortable with the feature if they upgrade to the new iPhones this year.
Whether or not this is a big deal will come down to the individual. Where do you stand? Are you sad to see 3D Touch get the axe in favor of Haptic Touch?