The mechanical volume and power buttons on the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max might be replaced with solid-state toggles that provide haptic feedback. According to Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the buttons may perform similarly to the solid-state home button that was initially introduced on the iPhone 7 which vibrates in response to contact but cannot be physically depressed.
The solid-state home button of the iPhone 8, as well as the second and third iterations of the cost-effective iPhone SE, is driven by Apple’s Taptic Engine. The haptic keyboard presses in iOS 16 and the Force Touch trackpads on Apple’s MacBooks both make use of the same technology.
iPhone 15 Pro Specifications Are Out
In a tweet, Kuo adds that in order to give customers the impression that they are pushing physical buttons, Apple will need to add Taptic Engines to the left and right sides of the two high-end iPhone 15 Pro models. The iPhone 15 would then have three Taptic engines instead of just one. Since the base iPhone 15 and the iPhone 15 Plus are not mentioned by Kuo, the power and volume buttons on these two versions may remain clicky.
Even the new $799 Apple Watch Ultra still includes some physical toggles, despite the firm allegedly wanting to add a solid-state button to its Apple Watch in 2018. Even though the iPhone 15 Pro will not be released for almost a year, there are still a lot of speculations floating about it. For example, it may ditch the “Pro Max” name in favor of “Ultra,” and all models, not just the Pro ones, may have the new Dynamic Island. Additionally, the iPhone 15 is anticipated to be the first iPhone to support USB-C.