iPhone 15 Pro to not have ANY buttons! This is what Apple will do instead

iPhone 15 Pro may skip on the physical side buttons in favour of solid state buttons, just like iPhone SE’s home button.

| Updated on: Oct 28 2022, 19:18 IST
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1/6 The iPhone 14 Pro Max brings a new 48MP main camera in addition to the new 12MP ultrawide camera and the same old 12MP 3X telephoto camera. The front 12MP camera has an autofocus lens system.  (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
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2/6 The iPhone 14 Pro Max retains almost the same design as the iPhone 13 Pro Max. The Deep Purple colour variant is the new colour this here; we have got the Gold version with us. (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
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3/6 The iPhone 14 Pro Max uses the new 4nm A16 Bionic chip that promises marginal performance gains over the A15 Bionic. AnTuTu scores show a performance gain of 28 percent in graphics and 19 percent in CPU. (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
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4/6 iPhone 14 Pro Max has a 6.7-inch OLED display with a variable refresh rate of 1Hz-120Hz. The 1Hz mode allows for an Always On Display for the first time on an iPhone and you can see your widgets as well as wallpaper. Peak brightness levels go up to 2000 nits. (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
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5/6 iPhone 14 Pro Max gets rid of the notch in favour of a pill-shaped Dynamic Island. Other than masking the cutouts, it changes shape to accommodate the icons and widgets. (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
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6/6 The iPhone 14 Pro Max starts at a price of Rs. 139,900 in India for the 128GB variant and goes up to Rs. 189,900 for the 1TB version.  (Amritanshu / HT Tech)
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The iPhone 15 Pro will skip on side buttons. (Amritanshu / HT Tech)

iPhone 15 may give you another big reason to upgrade! Rumours have so far suggested the arrival of the Dynamic Notch on the iPhone 15 models and now, a big new change is predicted for the Pro range. It is said that Apple may get rid of the physical side buttons on the iPhone 15 Pro and instead go for a buttonless design. No buttons then on the iPhone 15 Pro? How will you unlock it? How will you adjust the volume?

Ming-Chi Kuo in his latest note says that Apple might employ the same technology it used back in 2016 to upgrade the Home button on the iPhone 7. The Taptic Engine, which powers all the vibrations on the iPhones now, will find extra motors to give you the feels of the side buttons. Hence, you will be able to feel as if you have pressed the side keys, even though the phone is just making vibrations.

iPhone 15 to use Taptic Engine for buttons

Kuo says that Apple will use three vibration motors instead of one in the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max – one each on the sides, and one for the general haptics. The removal of the physical buttons is said to improve the phone's structural rigidity and enhance its waterproofing.

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This, therefore, could further enhance the design of the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max. What remains to be seen is how Apple allows the device to be switched on, given that there is no physical button to depress.

Currently, the iPhone SE uses the Taptic engine for its Home button and the MacBooks use a similar tech for the “clickiness” of their trackpads. The system works well in both cases and we don't see any negative reason for Apple to exclude this, other than costs to include two motors.

Kuo, however, doesn't say anything about the standard iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus models. Hence, these models could stick to the old physical buttons for another year, thereby keeping the costs low.

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First Published Date: 28 Oct, 19:18 IST