iPhone 15 Pro may not have new solid-state buttons after all

According to multiple sources, the iPhone 15 Pro is expected to have new solid-state volume buttons with haptic feedback, similar to the home button introduced with the iPhone 7. Although even 9to5Mac corroborated this report, the Haitong Tech analyst Jeff Pou said on Tuesday that the iPhone 15 Pro might not have the solid-state buttons after all.

Apple reportedly scrapped plan to change iPhone 15 Pro volume buttons

Pu heard from sources familiar with Apple’s supply chain that the company might revert to the classic volume button design on the iPhone 15 Pro, as the new solution would have a much more complex design. According to the analyst, the new buttons would require three new haptic motors inside the iPhone.

As a result, solid-state volume buttons may end up being pushed to 2024 iPhone models to give Apple more time to build the required parts. Of course, this is contrary to expectations and “market consensus”, since all the rumors so far have been pretty positive when it comes to the new volume buttons.

It is uncertain whether this will also affect the new mute button, which should acquire new functionality with the redesign.

In our exclusive report on March 3, we explained:

According to our source, who is used to making certified accessories for Apple products, the iPhone 15 Pro models will ditch the separate volume up and volume down buttons for a new single button that works both ways depending on the device. where the user presses it.

Additionally, the source told us that the classic mute switch will be replaced with a new “tap type button”, suggesting that the button will also be capacitive and users will need to force press it to silence the phone.

And with our exclusive renders of the iPhone 15 Prowe also show what the new buttons would look like.


Reliable analyst Ming-Chi Kuo just corroborated Jeff Pu’s report about Apple reverting to classic volume buttons instead of new solid-state buttons with the iPhone 15 Pro. The analyst explained that the iPhone 15 Pro is still in the EVT (Engineer Validation Test) stage, which means that Apple still has time to modify the final design.

Kuo says removing the solid-state buttons will “simplify the development and testing process” and won’t affect the iPhone 15 launch schedule. However, it will hurt Cirrus Logic and AAC Technologies, the two Apple suppliers who would provide parts for the new buttons.

Learn more about the iPhone 15

iPhone 15 Pro

The most notable change in this year’s iPhones based on leaked renders is the switch from Lightning to USB-C, which would mark a major departure from Apple’s proprietary connector used on iPhones and most Apple accessories since 2012.

However, the new phones will have a new design with slightly curved edges, while the camera bump will be larger and the display bezels slimmer. Apple will keep the same four sizes from the current iPhone 14 lineup for new models. However, iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus will ditch the notch in favor of the dynamic island.

The new iPhones are expected to be announced by Apple in September.

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