Apple to Replace Physical Power and Volume Buttons with Solid-State Buttons on New iPhone Models

Thursday, November 24, 2022 • 7:40 EST

Apple supplier Cirrus Logic might have accidentally leaked big news about the iPhone 15 Pro and Ultra models Sure, this might not be a case of "we caught you red-handed" discussing your company's contribution to Apple's new solid-state buttons for the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Ultra, but it certainly sounds like it could fit. It also would be used as another way to differentiate the non-Pro iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus models from the more expensive iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Ultra. Top analyst Kuo also expects solid-state power and volume buttons on the pricier iPhone units next year In his tweet, Kuo said, "My latest survey indicates that the volume button and power button of two high-end iPhone 15/2H23 new iPhone models may adopt a solid-state button design (similar to the home button design of iPhone 7/8/SE2 & 3) to replace the physical/mechanical button design." That time frame would include the typical September release for the 2023 premium iPhone 15 Pro and Ultra models. Last month, TF International analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that the pricier iPhone 15 Pro (and Ultra) models will sport solid-state power and volume buttons and this will require two additional Taptic Engines for these devices. The pair said that the new component that Cirrus Logic wrote about in the letter to shareholders will most likely be part of the additional Taptic Engines needed to drive the haptics for the solid-state buttons on the iPhone 15 Pro and Ultra models next year.. So it certainly would seem to appear that we should expect the more expensive iPhone 15 Pro models next year to be without physical buttons that can wear down over time. The Barclays analysts wrote, "The biggest change to our thinking here is to model $1 of new content in the IP15 Pro (and Ultra) models. ( Continue reading.

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