If prior rumors are to be believed, Apple’s iPhone 15 series will already have a USB-C port, but that isn’t the only thing that will change. According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple is currently preparing to remove all buttons from its models for the upcoming year, at least for the most expensive versions.
In a series of tweets, Kuo claimed that the physical buttons on Apple’s iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max would be completely replaced by two new Taptic Engines.
Apple will install new Taptic Engines on either side of the iPhone if Kuo’s information is accurate. Solid-state volume and power buttons will vibrate when pressed, simulating a tactile click.
That’s a similar technique to the one Apple already uses to simulate a moving button. Even though MacBook trackpads don’t actually move when clicked, they appear to do so. Additionally, the Home button on the iPhone SE isn’t really a button.
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Kuo continues by predicting that Luxshare and AAC Technologies will be the businesses in charge of supplying the extra Taptic Engines. Additionally, he thinks that the primary selling points of the devices for the following year will be the inclusion of USB-C and the absence of tactile buttons.
Kuo thinks that Android phone manufacturers will eventually follow Apple’s decision to do away with physical buttons.
Apple could probably eliminate potential water entry sites if physical buttons were eliminated, making the new Pro models the most water-resistant iPhones ever.
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If Apple sticks to its typical yearly release schedule, the next iPhone 15 lineup should be announced in or around September 2023. It’s anticipated that all four of those new iPhones will abandon Lightning in favor of USB-C. Apple has already stated that it must adhere to an EU regulation requiring USB-C phone charging, but it has not yet indicated when it will make the necessary changes, either this year or in 2024 to comply with the law.