Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo revealed in his latest report that the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max might skip solid-state buttons. There are “unresolved technical issues”, meaning premium iPhone 15 models may need to power up with regular physical buttons after all.
Rumor has it that the volume button and wake-up slider on the iPhone 15 Pro series will change from the classic clickable button. It was supposed to be a capacitive touch instead, like the home button on last year’s iPhones.
Such a decision will harm suppliers. In particular, it was expected that Cirrus Logic would manufacture the custom microprocessor for the new buttons; Another company is AAC Technologies – Taptic Engine Supplier. Another provider, Luxshare ICT, is likely to be less affected, Kuo wrote in the note, due to its significantly wider operating range.
The products are still in the EVT development stage (which is the internal validation and testing period), which means the decision can be reversed and we can see the new technology after all. If we don’t and Apple decides to continue using normal buttons again, the impact on mass production will be limited and new iPhone Pro models should arrive on schedule.