Apple may remove the last remaining iPhone buttons if analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes.
while the iPhone 14 And the iPhone 14 Pro Barely a month old, predictions of next-gen hardware ( iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro) is already making an appearance. The latest rumors come from Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo who said in a tweet (Opens in a new tab) That the two high-end iPhone 15 models (likely the larger iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max based on Apple’s current naming conventions) may use a solid-state button design based on information from Apple suppliers.
Instead of pressing mechanical buttons, the solid-state inputs don’t move at all, which means they’re basically just touch-sensitive surfaces. This wouldn’t be the first time Apple has used a solid-state design for its buttons. Almost completely before it is pushed away, the home button is on iPhone 7 And the iPhone 8 It was a non-mechanical entry – and Apple still uses the same design in iPhone SE (2022).
To help these new buttons feel like mechanical buttons, Kuo said Apple will use, as it has done for years with the Touch ID button, click engines to mimic the feel of pressing a real button.
As with all rumors, this should be taken with a pinch of salt. Until Tim Cook arrives at Apple’s stand in Cupertino, there’s no guarantee what the next iPhone will look like – or even if it’ll be the iPhone 15, Apple has beaten numbers before like the nonexistent iPhone 9, but Kuo has a solid track record of predicting Apple’s technology following, so it is worth paying attention to what the analyst says.
The main advantage of switching to non-mechanical inputs is that parts are less subject to wear from use than their mechanical counterparts. In addition to helping your iPhone 15 last longer, tap engines will also give Apple the opportunity to introduce new gesture controls.
You’ll likely still be able to hold buttons to control your iPhone’s volume and power, but Apple can also implement swipe or input gesture controls that vary based on how hard you press the button—for example, it can A light tap increases the volume by one step, while a hard tap instantly maximizes or mutes your device.
We’ll have to see how Apple chooses to implement these new sale status buttons, assuming they offer them at all, but Kuo adds in a follow-up to his original tweet that if Apple makes these changes it probably won’t. To be the last smartphone manufacturer to do so. Kuo thinks we’ll likely see a lot of future The best Android smartphones Follow suit with their solid state buttons.