Apple to remove ONE more thing from iPhones in 2023; reserved for iPhone 15 Pro series | Tech News

Apple to remove ONE more thing from iPhones in 2023; reserved for iPhone 15 Pro series

Apple is once again rumoured to remove clickable buttons from the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max.

| Updated on: Jan 12 2023, 18:29 IST
iPhone 14 Pro Max: It is HERE, and we take a quick look
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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 is now set to lose its clickable buttons. (Amritanshu / HT Tech)

Apple is going to remove ONE more thing from the iPhone this year. The iPhone 15 series is rumoured to bring a couple of mega changes after a rather disappointing iPhone 14 series announcement from 2022. There will be four new models and Apple is said to establish a wider gap between the standard and Pro models to justify a price hike for the latter. That means Apple has to bring in a lot of innovation to the Pro models and one of those innovations is the removal of the buttons.

Yes, after removing the 3.5mm headphone jack and the charger from the packaging box, the iPhone is now set to lose its clickable buttons. Based on a new tip from noted Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max will lose the buttons for power and volume control. Instead, Apple will settle for capacitive buttons that will get their own Taptic feedback engine.

iPhone 15 Pro big leak released

“My latest survey indicates that high-end iPhone 15 models will feature solid-state buttons and will equip with additional Taptic Engines to simulate the feel of physical buttons' force feedback,” says Kuo in his latest post.

“As the exclusive supplier of Taptic Engine's controller IC for solid-state buttons, Cirrus Logic stands to benefit markedly from this new design. If users respond well to this new design, I think it may be adopted in other high-end models of product lines in the future,” he added.

This isn' the first time that a capacitive solution on the side buttons has happened. Google was the first one to use something similar on its Pixel devices, using it to measure pressure to summon Google Assistant. The HTC U1 also used the same treatment to summon the Google Assistant. However, these phones had buttons and the iPhones won't have any. This leads us to wonder how one can lock and unlock the phone.

On the other hand, solid state buttons will allow for better water and dust resistance, and enhance the aesthetics as well.


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First Published Date: 12 Jan, 18:18 IST