It turns out that Apple may have let go of its plans of equipping iPhone 15 Pro models with solid-state volume buttons. Technical difficulties have been cited to be the reason behind this change of heart that will likely impact Apple’s component suppliers.
Reports had earlier suggested that Apple will fit the Pro models of its new range with haptic engine-powered buttons instead of physical ones. But it seems now that the physical volume keys are back on the table.
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has said in a blog post that the solid-state buttons were abandoned due to unresolved technical issues before the start of mass production. He has also revealed that this will adversely affect companies that were contracted for providing parts of the solid-state apparatus.
In particular, Cirrus Logic, the exclusive controller IC supplier for Apple, and AAC Technologies, its taptic engine supplier will have to deal with a drop in revenues and profits, according to Kuo.
He has also said that the decision to let go of the solid-state buttons could be taken because the iPhone 15 models are currently in the EVT (Engineer Validation Test) stage, so there is still time to modify the design.
Meanwhile, it looks like Apple’s plans for equipping all iPhone 15 models with Dynamic Island displays are moving forward smoothly, as there’s no indication of any change in that department.
That being said, we have our eyes peeled on every piece of information about the iPhone 15 so we’ll definitely keep you posted with all the latest around the upcoming smartphone range from Apple.