17 November 2022
Apple is reportedly planning to launch the iPhone 15 Pro with solid-state volume and power buttons. Ming-Chi Kuo, a well-known market research analyst, has made the claim in his latest Twitter thread. This new approach will replace the mechanical buttons that we have seen the company offer since the first iPhone release.
Solid-state button tech is not something new for Apple. It first used the tech on iPhone 7 for the home button and continued it for the next few models. These buttons do not actually get pressed like mechanical buttons. Instead, they offer the impression to the user that the button is getting pressed. It is done with the help of the Taptic Engine.
Kuo says iPhone 15 Pro high-end models will have Taptic Engine on the internal left and right sides. This will result in the number of total Taptic Engines increasing to three on each of the iPhone models. The change will prove to be beneficial for both Taptic Engine suppliers: Luxshare ICT and AAC Technologies.
(1/6)— 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) October 28, 2022
My latest survey indicates that the volume button and power button of two high-end iPhone 15/2H23 new iPhone models may adopt a solid-state button design (similar to the home button design of iPhone 7/8/SE2 & 3) to replace the physical/mechanical button design.
This is not the only big change coming to iPhone models in the future. Apple has confirmed that it is ready to ship iPhones with USB Type-C ports and ditch the Lightning jack. It is doing so because it has to comply with EU regulations. It may not happen with the iPhone 15 series but we may see the change occur in 2024.