Apple has in all likelihood changed its plans for the iPhone 15 Pro behind the scenes. The American company wanted to provide the smartphone with custom buttons, but seems to have run into problems.
According to reliable source Ming-Chi Kuo, it is mainly technical problems that will most likely cause Apple to provide its iPhone 15 Pro with physical buttons after all.
Apple won’t bring solid-state to iPhone 15 Pro after all
The plan was clear: Apple wanted to replace the physical volume and volume control buttons on the iPhone 15 Pro with buttons with Solid-State components. An excellent choice that, especially for the seasoned iPhone user, will take some getting used to.
But the whole party is currently off the hook. Ming-Chi Kuo reveals that Apple is running into technical problems in the EVT stage of the development process. An EVT stage is the time when a company makes final decisions about a product’s hardware. After that, it is no longer possible.
Kuo let it be known that the decision was made at the last minute, but that the iPhone 15 Pro will not be in trouble. For example, it has limited impact on mass production and scheduling for shipments.
Who is Ming-Chi Kuo?
Ming-Chi Kuo is an analyst at TF International Securities and is also one of the most reliable sources on Apple and all its products. He does not have a 100% score, but when Kuo says it, the information can at least be taken seriously.
But what exactly was it?
In case you missed the news lately: so the iPhone 15 Pro would replace its volume buttons and controller. Solid-state buttons are buttons with haptic feedback. Vibration, in other words.
Haptic feedback buttons are not new. The iPhone 8 last had such technology incorporated into the smartphone’s home button. Once the device was turned off, for example, the button could not be pressed.
The second-generation AirPods Pro is also a good example of the technology. By swiping on the stems, it is possible to control the volume. We can imagine that the technology on the iPhone 15 Pro would have worked pretty much the same way.
The action button on the iPhone 15 Pro
The one thing we hadn’t seen yet, however, was the replacement for the volume control. You know: that slider that determines whether the sound is on or off.
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Two iPhone 15 Pro models’ removal of solid-state button design negatively affects Cirrus Logic and AAC / 兩款iPhone 15 Pro取消固態按鍵設計不利Cirrus Logic與瑞聲科技https://t.co/Ot81sCQzgk
– 郭明錤 (Ming-Chi Kuo) (@mingchikuo) April 12, 2023
For the first time since 2007, Apple seemed to be planning to replace the button on the iPhone 15 Pro with an action button. Of course, also equipped with haptic feedback as well as a special feature.
But we’ll tell you all about that in the article below: