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The next-generation iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max will no longer feature solid-state buttons due to "unresolved technical issues before mass production," according to the latest information shared by Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.

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Kuo said iPhone 15 Pro models would be equipped with solid-state buttons back in October. He said two additional Taptic Engines inside the iPhone would provide haptic feedback to simulate the feeling of pressing the buttons, without them physically moving, similar to the Home button on the iPhone 7 or the Force Touch trackpad on newer MacBooks. However, in a Medium post today, he said the devices will have mechanical buttons after all.

"My latest survey indicates that due to unresolved technical issues before mass production, both high-end iPhone 15 Pro models (Pro & Pro Max) will abandon the closely-watched solid-state button design and revert to the traditional physical button design," wrote Kuo. It's unclear if a "traditional" design means there will be two volume buttons or if Apple will still adopt a single, elongated volume button, as was previously rumored.

Kuo said there is still time for Apple to modify the iPhone 15 Pro's design given the device remains in the EVT development stage. He believes the change will have "limited impact" on the mass production schedule and shipments for the Pro models.

The reversal was also reported by tech analysts Jeff Pu and Shelly Chou at Hong Kong-based investment firm Haitong International Securities. The analysts believe the solid-state button design has been delayed until the iPhone 16 series in 2024.

Kuo said this news is "unfavorable" for Cirrus Logic and AAC Technologies, two key suppliers of Taptic Engine-related components for iPhones.

Article Link: Kuo: iPhone 15 Pro Models Will No Longer Feature Solid-State Buttons
 
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The mute switch is almost definitely going away. But you’ll be able to bind the new action button to mute/unmute (with different vibration patterns for each) so you’ll still have the functionality, just a slightly different approach to today.
Excellent points! But the Action Button on Apple Watch Ultra is too sensitive to the wrist/skin. I tend to hit it accidentally many times and it gets very annoying. Especially when you are working out. Too sensitive and fragile.
 

flur

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The mute switch is almost definitely going away. But you’ll be able to bind the new action button to mute/unmute (with different vibration patterns for each) so you’ll still have the functionality, just a slightly different approach to today.
This is the first I’m hearing about the switch going away. The current switch is fairly difficult to accidentally flip, especially if you use a case. Buttons, on the other hand, get accidentally pressed all the time. I’m hoping there will be some way to put the phone on mute and NOT have an accidental button press unmute it—please say there is.
 

goonie4life9

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Careful, folks, for this has all the hallmarks of classic Apple PR. Leak a “bleeding-edge” new feature and then leak, “the feature was pulled back for not meeting standards,” further solidifying how “bleeding edge” Apple is. The truth is Apple had the iPhone 15 design locked-in months ago.
 
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