The iPhone 15 Pro: it will be another nine months or so before we get to see it, but rumors abound. Some slightly more reliable than others, of course, but no less interesting because of that.
Today’s rumor falls into that first category and comes from Ming-Chi Kuo. The analyst has an excellent track record on Apple rumors and seems to know what the company is up to with the iPhone 15 Pro.
iPhone 15 Pro goes after AirPods
Back in November last year, Ming-Chi Kuo revealed that Apple wants to take a different approach with its iPhone 15 Pro. Namely, the smartphone would want to go after the new AirPods Pro in one area. This week, with additional information, this message is repeated.
Indeed, if this information is to be believed, we will say goodbye to physical buttons with the new iPhone 15 Pro. Apple seems to be going all out to replace the power and volume buttons with haptic buttons. Just as we see them now on the AirPods, in other words.
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Cirrus Logic is the primary winner for canceling physical buttons and the change to adopt solid-state buttons on the 2H23 high-end iPhone 15 models. https://t.co/CNfZOYwRXn
– 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) January 11, 2023
Haptic buttons are not physical buttons, but do mimic the feel of them. The gain here is that it unlocks more features and functionality. For example, on the AirPods, you can swipe up on the button to turn up the volume. And swipe down to lower the volume, logically.
Plans not changed
This week, Ming-Chi Kuo reveals that Apple plans to use so-called solid-state buttons in the premium models of the iPhone 15 series. Put more simply, Apple’s plans have not changed in recent months.
This is certainly not the first time Apple has done this. For example, the home button of the iPhone SE, like older models, also already features haptic feedback. So the button does not press in, so to speak, but mimics the feeling through vibration.