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Beautiful Apple Leak Reveals Cancelled iPhone {Hardware}

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No matter Apple’s attempt to halt the flow of leaks around this year’s presumptively named iPhone 11 smartphones, the disappointing details continue to appear. The latest highlight the loss of a flagship feature, to be replaced by a MacGyvered mix of software and vibration.

Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during a product launch event in Cupertino, California (Photo by Noah Berger/AFP/Getty Images)

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An extensive leak by Guilherme Rambo once more highlights the lack of genuine change in the iPhone 11’s replacements to the iPhone XS, XS Max, and XR. The ugly camera ‘IKEA cooker hob’ bulge is prominent, screen resolution stays steady, and the oversized notch remains.

But it’s the update to the Haptic Engine that caught my attention. Rambo notes:

This year’s models will also feature a new type of Taptic Engine, known by the codename leap haptics. It’s unclear what types of features this new engine will enable at this point, but it’s possible that it’s geared towards improving Haptic Touch since the new devices won’t feature 3D Touch as we know it today.

3D Touch was launched by Apple inside the iPhone 6S, but Apple never took a risk and forced it to be used in the way that Face ID’s launch saw the removal of Touch ID. That choice gave developers a clear and unambiguous signal that Face ID was to be used.

With the removal of 3D Touch, Apple will say goodbye to a magical feature that was heavily promoted as a new way to interact with your iPhone. Unfortunatly it lacked a clear signal to developers, it was never made a key part of the UI, and as such developers had to always code around the assumption that it might not be present on a user’s device.

The new haptic engine will potentially offer feedback to users that implement a ‘long’ press on the screen, but it’s a sad substitute for the ability to sense and react to variable pressure on the screen. What was once innovative now appears to be too much of a burden for Tim Cook and his team.

Now read more about the struggles that will face this year’s iPhone…

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