BIG setback for iPhone 15 Pro? Leaks reveal this HIGHLY ANTICIPATED feature may not make it | Mobile News

BIG setback for iPhone 15 Pro? Leaks reveal this HIGHLY ANTICIPATED feature may not make it

The latest leak suggests that iPhone 15 Pro models will continue with physical buttons instead of expected solid-state buttons. Know the reason.

By: HT TECH
| Updated on: Apr 12 2023, 15:52 IST
iPhone 15: 5 things that are tipped to be rolled out on launch
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1/5 USB-C port: All four iPhone 15 models are tipped to feature a USB-C port while replacing the years-old Lightning port. (Unsplash)
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2/5 Dynamic Island arrival: Unlike iPhone 14 series, Apple is expected to bring the Dynamic Island to the standard variants of the iPhone 15 lineup too. This will be a big upgrade that will completely ditch the notch display from the flagship iPhone series. (HT Tech)
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3/5 48MP camera: Apple analysts believe that the iPhone 15 will receive an upgraded camera similar to the Pro version while getting a 48MP upgrade from a 12MP primary camera. (Divya / HT Tech)
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4/5 Bigger display: So far, we have seen the iPhone 13 and iPhone 14 with a display size of 6.1 inches. However, several leaks suggest that the iPhone 15 could feature a 6.2-inch display. Also, all iPhone 15 models are expected to get slightly curved bezels. (HT Tech)
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5/5 A16 Bionic chipset: Last year, iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Plus had to settle for the old A15 Bionic chipset, while the new A16 Bionic chipset was an exclusive on iPhone 14 Pro models. iPhone 15 is expected to get an A16 Bionic chipset. (Divya / HT Tech)
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The iPhone 15 Pro models are expected to retain physical buttons this year. (AFP)

Apple iPhone 15 series has been part of rumours and leaks for quite some time. The upcoming iPhone models, especially the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max are tipped to feature some significant improvements over their predecessors. One of these exciting design changes was considered to be the inclusion of solid-state buttons instead of physical buttons. However, the latest claim by analyst and Apple tipster Ming-Chi Kuo suggests that physical button replacement is unlikely this year.

"My latest survey indicates that due to unresolved technical issues before mass production, both high-end iPhone 15 Pro models (Pro & Pro Max) will abandon the closely-watched solid-state button design and revert to the traditional physical button design," Ming-Chi Kuo said in a Medium post. Not just that, the 9to5Mac report quoted another analyst Haitong Tech's Jeff Pu who also concurred that Apple will keep the physical buttons for iPhone 15 Pro models.

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Ming-Chi Kuo added that the introduction of the new solid-state button design was expected to boost the revenues and profits of suppliers, making it a disappointing development for Cirrus Logic, which is the sole supplier of Controller IC, and AAC Technologies, which is the supplier of Taptic Engine.

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Since the iPhone 15 Pro is currently undergoing EVT development, there is still room for design modifications, Kuo suggested. The elimination of solid-state buttons and the reversion to physical buttons would streamline the development and testing process. These factors suggest that removing the solid-state buttons should not significantly affect the production timeline or shipments for Pro models.

Apart from this, Apple is still expected to feature the iPhone 15 Pro models with a new titanium case with rounded edges than older generation iPhones. Moreover, the top-end models of the iPhone 15 series are likely to be powered by the upgraded A17 Bionic chipset. One of the major upgrades may be a change in the charging solution. The iPhone 15 series is expected to feature USB-C charging port while ditching the classic lightning port.

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First Published Date: 12 Apr, 15:51 IST
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