Ming-Chi Kuo, an analyst with KGI Securities, has learned from the Apple supply chain that the future 6.1-inch iPhone will have a so-called “cover glass sensor.” “(CGS) is set to move the touch module of the iPhone from the display panel (in-cell technology) to the surface glass. The CGS method allegedly leads to a lighter and more impact-resistant display. There’s nothing wrong with this.
With this display technology, Apple has to add a thin-film sensor to the touch film sensor in the CGS, according to Kuos sources. The purpose of this new layer is unknown. However, it will result in a 15% increase in the cost of the touch panel. That should be 23 to 26 US dollars. Apparently Apple calculates with a very sharp pen, because to compensate for the cost of the new display, Apple should allegedly remove the 3D touch functionality on the 6.1-inch iPhone.
That would be a strange step, because 3D Touch is deeply integrated into the operating system. Of course, even without 3D Touch, no question.
The other two iPhone models that Apple wants to bring the rumors after 2018 on the market, however, continue to provide 3D Touch. It will be a 5.8-inch OLED model as an iPhone X successor and a larger 6.5-inch OLED device, which could be referred to as “iPhone X Plus”. However, Apple is currently apparently considering revising the naming of the devices in general.
As Apple plans to integrate CGS display technology into future iPhones, including the OLED models due to appear in 2019, 3D Touch may be eliminated from all future iPhones.
However, the mysterious thin-film sensor may be a replacement technology for realizing iPhones with non-contact gesture control.