Even if the most recent speculations say that Apple has abandoned its ambitions to implement solid-state buttons on iPhone 15 Pro models, it is still anticipated that the forthcoming devices will come equipped with a programmable “Action” button instead of the conventional Ring/Silent switch.
According to 9to5Mac, Apple-certified accessory manufacturers are now working with CADs that reveal that the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max will feature two mechanical volume buttons and an additional mechanical button to replace the Ring/Silent switch. This button will be located on the side of the device. Users can assign the new button to system functions such as Ring/Silent, Flashlight, or Do Not Disturb, similar to how the “Action” button on the Apple Watch Ultra works.
While pressing a mechanical button causes it to move, pressing a solid-state button on an iPhone would cause the device’s Taptic Engines to give the impression that the button is moving. Apple analyst Jeff Pu believes the implementation of solid-state buttons has been delayed until the release of the iPhone 16 Pro in 2019 due to unnamed “design issues” that arose during the production of the iPhone 15 Pro.
Since the introduction of the first iPhone in 2007, every model of the iPhone has come equipped with a switch that can toggle between the Ring and Silent modes. As a result, removing the switch is nevertheless a big development that took place this year. The “Action” button is supposed to be exclusive to the iPhone 15 Pro models; however, the ordinary iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus versions are still likely to have the switch.
Furthermore, the newly released CADs show that the protruding camera bulge on the back of iPhone 15 Pro models would be less noticeable than the magazine had anticipated.
September is likely the month in which Apple will announce the iPhone 15 lineup.
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