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Update: Newly obtained information confirms that Apple plans to revert to a two-button design for the iPhone 15 Pro models, rather than using the single unified volume button. The unified volume button was a design planned for the solid-state technology, and Apple is opting to use the older design now that solid-state buttons have been delayed.

Though Apple is using the prior two-button design for volume, the company still plans to replace the mute switch with a new mute button. The mute button could potentially be customizable, working similarly to the Action button on the Apple Watch Ultra.

The renders in this article represent the design that Apple planned to use prior to opting to eliminate solid-state buttons, featuring the design that Apple planned for during much of the iPhone 15 Pro development process. This is likely the design that Apple will use for the iPhone 16 Pro models, which are now expected to include the solid-state button technology instead of the iPhone 15 Pro models.

The original article is below.

With recent rumors indicating a last-minute change to the iPhone 15 Pro's feature set, what's in store for the device's volume buttons remains to be seen. We've heard multiple rumors that the iPhone 15 Pro models are set to adopt a new volume button and mute switch design, but emerging rumors about Apple's abandonment of solid-state button technology throw the design rumors into chaos.


As of right now, there is no indication that Apple will change its plans for a single, elongated volume button and a mute button instead of a mute switch, and we have an accurate look at what the buttons will look like provided there are no radical design shifts in store. Leaker Unknownz21 worked with MacRumors to share the actual design of the iPhone 15 Pro's volume and mute buttons, which haven't been seen before now.


We used iPhone 15 Pro information sourced from Unknownz21 to create images that depict the design of the volume, mute, and power buttons, including a view of the internal components. Note that these renders were created before the most recent solid-state rumors, there could be changes to the internal layout, but there is a good chance the external design will remain the same. In fact, Unknown21 has confirmed that the solid-state button design was still in development until very, very recently, and there is a chance that it hasn't been canceled at all.


Leaks to date have gotten the single volume rocker rumor right, but the design that Apple developed includes a split in the middle to designate the volume up and volume down sections of the button. With the middle split, the design looks similar to two separate buttons, but it is a notable departure from the current button design in which the volume up and volume down buttons are distinct.

Apple has not used this kind of unified button design since the iPhone 3GS in 2009, as the company swapped to two separate round volume up and down buttons with the iPhone 4, and ultimately transitioned to dual elongated buttons with the 2014 launch of the iPhone 6. It is worth highlighting that the single button design the middle separation has been in place since the early iPhone 15 Pro development period.

Apple initially planned to introduce the single volume button design alongside solid-state technology, but reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes solid-state buttons have been abandoned. There were "unresolved technical issues" that Apple was unable to address before mass production, so solid-state buttons will be delayed and ultimately introduced with a later version of the iPhone.

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Article Link: What the iPhone 15 Pro's Volume Buttons Could Look Like [Updated]
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macrumors regular
Feb 15, 2023
No way they change the external design this late. It still will be a one button volume rocker, we’ll have to see about solid-state though. I feel these are just rumors that happen every year to market the new phone, more anticipation.


macrumors 6502a
Jan 5, 2017
So are these separated buttons still haptic now, or reverted to mechanical?


macrumors 68000
Feb 19, 2016
I used a RhinoSkin titanium case for my Palm Pilot back in the day. It was very robust, with no ill effects to the case or the PP after many drops and assorted abuse, and felt very light for a 100% metal case. The matte finish also did not get scratched or abraded at all over several years of hard use. So it will be interesting to see what a Ti iPhone looks like and how it stands up to use.
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macrumors 6502a
Apr 8, 2015
What's funny is that when 15 is revealed in Sept, everyone will make a mental note of the buttons, go "OK, was/was not what was rumored," MR will post a short "button confirming" article (amongst the dozens they post on iPhone Day) and then we'll never hear about them again.
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Oct 27, 2022
That would actually be nice, like a dictaphone. Maybe the new action button can be configured that way.
Yeah, with Shortcuts. I could make a menu show up everytime I double click it or something. Oh, the innovation.


macrumors 68040
Jun 8, 2017
Yeah, with Shortcuts. I could make a menu show up everytime I double click it or something. Oh, the innovation.
I was more thinking along the lines of a push-to-talk button. But I somehow doubt that Apple will give us that level of usability. 🙄
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