Back in October of last year, famous analyst and purveyor of Apple-related rumors Ming-Chi Kuo stated that the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max would ship without any physical, clickable, traditional buttons.
And today, Kuo is back at it again, reiterating basically the same information. According to his latest survey of Apple’s supply chain partners, the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max are still slated to arrive on the market in the second half of this year without clickable buttons.
Instead, both phones will employ solid state buttons, which will be aided by additional Taptic Engines in order to simulate the feel of physical buttons when you touch them.
Cirrus Logic is the company that stands to benefit a whole lot from Apple’s move, as it’s the exclusive supplier of the Taptic Engine’s controller IC for the solid state buttons. Kuo speculates that if users will respond well to Apple’s faux buttons, other companies might quickly get ‘inspired’ and add their own.