APPLE could be working on a major design change for the iPhone.
Industry insiders suspect Apple is secretly developing a new button design for next year’s iPhone 15.
Specifically, Apple is reportedly working on replacing the iPhone 15 Pro’s physical volume buttons.
In their place would be “haptic feedback” pads that vibrate to make it feel like you’re pressing a button.
Barclays analysts Blayne Curtis and Tom O’Malley say so in an investor statement seen by MacRumors.
They say a new chip could be added to the iPhone to manage these haptic buttons.
“To be clear, the company hasn’t said much here, other than that the chip is a mixed signal and not in the performance space,” Barclays analysts wrote.
“If you look at potential use cases, the biggest change in new iPhone models next year is button removal.
“Which would require additional drivers for the haptic engine, making it the most likely use case for new content.”
It follows a similar earlier claim by respected TF Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo in October.
He said we’d see an iPhone 15 Pro with “solid-state” haptic volume and power buttons.
The two devices would have two additional Taptic Engines that simulate a button press.
But there would be no real movement.
It wouldn’t be the first time Apple has used such a haptic trick to simulate a button.
Apple has used a Taptic Home button on several iPhone models, including the iPhone 8 and the latest iPhone SE devices.
They use a vibration and sound effect to simulate a button press when no actual movement has taken place.
This is how Apple’s Force Touch trackpads work on newer MacBook models.
Unfortunately, the regular iPhone 15 models are unlikely to be changed.
Instead, according to insiders, it will only be available on the more expensive iPhone 15 Pro devices.
Haptic buttons can improve waterproofing and reduce device wear by restricting moving parts.
However, it’s unclear if Apple will go ahead with these plans, so take all rumors and leaks with a pinch of salt.
When is the iPhone 15 coming out?
Apple tends to stick to the same rough release schedule every year.
The big launch event always takes place in September and tends to fall early in the month – usually on a Tuesday or Wednesday.
For 2023, the most likely iPhone 15 reveal dates would be either Tuesday 12th September or Wednesday 13th September.
Wednesday seems more likely, if only to give some breathing space between the launch of the iPhone and 9/11, a key commemoration of the 9/11 World Trade Center tragedy.
Then we’d likely see iPhone 15 pre-orders go live on Friday, September 15.
The rollout of the next iOS software update (iOS 17?) is expected to follow on Monday, September 18th.
Next, we would suspect that iPhone 15 reviews would drop on Wednesday, September 20th.
And finally, the iPhone 15 release date would likely fall on Friday September 22nd.
Of course, Apple could move this entire process a week earlier (as it did with the 2022 release), but the rough format will almost certainly remain the same.
Unfortunately, it’s impossible to say what Apple’s exact plans are for the iPhone 15.
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