According to industry analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the next iPhone may ditch proper hardware buttons for volume and power and instead use “taptic” buttons. These “solid-state design buttons” will be reminiscent of the iPhone 7 and 8 in that they won’t actually be pressable and will only try to replicate the feel via Apple’s taptic engine. For this, the iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max can be equipped with touch bikes which will be arranged on the left and right sides of the phone, much like the current volume and power buttons.
Kuo says Apple’s current taptic engine technology suppliers, Luxshare ICT and AAC technologies, will benefit from increased orders. It’s pretty much expected if the iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro max are actually equipped with two haptic motors.
My latest investigation indicates that the volume button and power button of two new high-end iPhone 15/2H23 models may adopt a solid-state button design (similar to the home button design of the iPhone 15/2H23). ‘iPhone 7/8/SE2 and 3) to replace the physical/mechanical button design.
— 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) October 28, 2022
He further adds that Android phone vendors will follow suit. “High-end Android smartphones are also expected to follow Apple’s design to create new selling points, which is a structural advantage for the mobile phone vibrator industry,” Kuo said in a tweet.
Meanwhile, rumors are circulating that Apple may adopt a new naming scheme for the iPhone 15 Pro Max. The next model could be called the iPhone 15 Ultra and could adopt a premium titanium body. Sound familiar? That’s because the iPhone 14 Pro models were also supposed to come with the same – but they didn’t. But if those guesses turn out to be true this time around, the iPhone 15 Pro models could be even tougher than the iPhone 14 models and be noticeably lighter.