It is the rule. Every year, after each September keynote, technologies and models disappear from Apple's ranges. This year is particularly dense: the iPhone XS Max declination and the landing of the all-new XR occupy a lot of space. Who are the victims of 2018? 01net.com takes stock.
3D Touch: on hold
Since 2015 and the iPhone 6s, all iPhone included the very practical 3D Touch feature. This system appeared for the first time on the Apple Watch, then on the trackpads of several Macs, under the name Force Touch. Applied to smartphones, it can open for example quick action menus by pressing the icon of an application. To start a search in the App Store, no need to open it, go to the "Search" section and then tap the search box to bring up the keyboard. A strong support on the icon of the App Store immediately displays the heading "Search" which opens it directly, keyboard already open.
Except that the iPhone XR is the first smartphone from Apple for four generations not to offer 3D Touch. He replaces it with a "Haptic Touch", a vibration that triggers when you press your finger a little longer on an icon or a menu. Not sure that ergonomics is the big winner of this change since it now involves waiting for a certain time, when the strong pressure could be exercised instantly. Our next test of the iPhone XR will tell us if the choice of Apple is wise.
Home and Touch ID button: sentenced to death
We knew since last year, when Apple had introduced the iPhone X, that its design would become the reference for its future smartphones. Its new interface – with no front button and Face ID – clearly threatened the existence of the Home button and its built-in Touch ID. This year, Apple has put its threats into action by unsheathing the iPhone XR. The buttonless design and integration of the notch for the TrueDepth sensor is now present on the mid-range. In two years, with the slide that Apple will operate with its future models, the iPhone 7 and 8 will no longer be part of it. And the Home button, major invention of the very first iPhone, will disappear forever.
Jack socket: dead and buried
At the arrival of the iPhone 7, the removal of the jack had sparked a real social debate (we barely exaggerate). Even within the editorial staff of 01net.com, this "brave" decision touted by Phil Schiller had its supporters and detractors. Two years later, a lot of Android smartphone builders have followed suit with Apple. But only the Californian company had the "courage" to offer a whole range of smartphones completely devoid of jack.
Lightning to Jack Adapter: Missing
We can look in the new boxes of iPhone 7, 8, XR, XS and XS Max, none contains the adapter for connecting a headphone jack to the Ligthning jack of these smartphones. Logical continuation of the decision exposed above, Apple breaks completely with the wired connection. To listen to music from one of these smartphones, it will be necessary to get AirPods, another model of wireless headphones or buy a Lightning adapter to mini-jack. Oh well, Apple has also increased its price since last year from 9 to 10 euros. When you are told that there are no small profits.
iPhone SE and 6S: dead in action
Both were declensions of already existing models. With the same design as the iPhone 5, the iPhone SE was designed to appeal to aficionados of small smartphones. It was quite successful thanks to a welcome technical upgrade. Heir to the iPhone 6, the 6s had had a certain enthusiasm: with 13 million copies sold during its first weekend of marketing, he had exceeded 3 million his eldest. Despite all their efforts to resist now they are pushed out of the range of Apple.
iPhone X: little angel left too early
He was the precursor, the scout, the avant-garde, the pioneer, the pioneer, the innovator, the initiator. It is now scrapped after only one year of good and loyal service. We will console ourselves by saying that its design will certainly survive through the iPhone of the next ten years. Just like its price which exceeded for the first time the symbolic bar of 1 000 euros. This is the one that now allows Apple to sell a smartphone (the iPhone XS Max 512 GB) at a price of 1,659 euros, or 160 euros more than a 13-inch MacBook Pro without Touch Bar. He who allows the margins to fly, like him, to better heavens.