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iPhone 15 Pro models tipped to ditch physical buttons in favour of solid-state power and volume rocker buttons

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  • New information about the iPhone 15 has surfaced online
  • The Cupertino-based brand will switch to solid-state buttons
  • The next-generation lineup is also said to feature a USB-C port

It’s barely a few months after the launch of the iPhone 14 series in September. Rumours about the next-generation iPhone 15 lineup have already started surfacing on the web. Now, reliable Apple Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has shared new information on the high-end iPhone 15 models. 

Apple will reportedly ditch the physical buttons in favour of solid-state buttons on the iPhone 15 Pro variants. It will be similar to the Home button on the iPhone 7, 8 and SE 3. 

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iPhone 15 Pro models will feature solid-state buttons

As per Kuo, Apple will introduce solid-state power and volume rocker buttons on the iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max. This means that the Cupertino-based tech giant will reportedly ditch the clickable switches. To make it simpler, the current-generation iPhones feature a physical/mechanical button design. The solid-state button design is similar to the home button design on the iPhone 7, 8, and even the SE 2 and SE 3. 

The solid-state buttons make users feel like they are pressing physical buttons by offering haptic feedback to confirm presses. In reality, the buttons don’t actually sink in physically. The design change is only expected to be on the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max. For this, the smartphones will be equipped with Taptic Engines on the internal left and right sides This means that the next-generation Apple flagships could come with three taptic engines in addition to the existing vibration motor. Removing the physical power and volume buttons will also aid in removing two additional ingress points for water and dust, thereby creating a more durable phone. 

Kuo adds that high-end Android OEMs are expected to adopt Apple’s solid-state button design to create a new selling point. 

As per past reports, Apple has complied with the EU law that requires phone manufacturers to use USB-C ports. This potentially suggests that the iPhone 15 will ditch the lightning port in favour of a USB-C connection. Regardless, buttonless design and a USB-C port seem to be major highlights for the next-generation iPhones.

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