Apple may be removing the last remaining buttons from the iPhone if analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is to be believed.
Although the iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro are only a month old, predictions for the next generation devices (iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro) are already starting to emerge. The latest rumor comes from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who said in a tweet (opens in new tab) that the “two high-end iPhone 15 models” (likely the iPhone 15 Pro and the larger iPhone 15 Pro Max based on Apple’s current naming conventions) may use a solid-state button design based on vendor information from Apple.
Instead of pressing like mechanical buttons, the solid-state inputs don’t move, meaning they’re essentially just touch-sensitive surfaces. This wouldn’t be the first time Apple has used a solid-state design for its buttons. Before taking it down almost completely, the home button on the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 was a non-mechanical input – and the same design is still used by Apple on the iPhone SE (2022).
To help these new buttons look like mechanical ones, Kuo said that Apple, as it has done for years with the Touch ID button, will use haptic mechanisms to mimic the sensation of pushing a real button.
As with all rumors, this one should be taken with a pinch of salt. Until Tim Cook takes the Apple stage in Cupertino, there’s no guarantee what the next iPhone will look like – or even if it will be the iPhone 15, Apple has jumped numbers before, like the non-existent iPhone 9. record for predicting Apple’s next technology , then it is worth paying attention to what the analyst has to say.
Why change iPhone 15 Pro buttons?
The main advantage of switching to non-mechanical inputs is that parts are less likely to wear out with use compared to their mechanical counterparts. In addition to helping your iPhone 15 last longer, the tactile mechanisms will also give Apple the opportunity to introduce new gesture controls.
You’ll likely still be able to press the buttons to control your iPhone’s volume and power, but Apple may also implement gesture or input controls that vary according to how hard the button is pressed – i.e. a light touch can increase the volume by one step, while strong pressure instantly maxes out or mutes your device.
We’ll have to see how Apple chooses to implement these new sold state buttons, assuming it introduces them, but Kuo adds in a follow-up to his original tweet that if Apple does bring these changes, it likely won’t be the last smartphone maker to do so. it. Kuo believes we will likely see many of the best future Android smartphones follow suit with their own solid-state buttons.