The iPhone 15 series is expected to release later this year, featuring four models including the standard iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max, which may be launched as the ‘Ultra’ model this year. Though details about the phones haven’t been officially announced by Apple, leaks and reports have been hinting at what we can expect from the series. Recent sources have revealed crucial information about the Pro versions of the iPhone 15 series, which we’ll explore in this article.
Two-Button Design for the iPhone 15 Pro
According to a report by MacRumors, Apple will return to a two-button design for the iPhone 15 Pro models, comprising both the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max. The new volume button will likely replace the previously rumored unified volume button, which was intended for solid-state technology development that was postponed. Currently, Apple is sticking to the older design to maintain product timelines.
It’s worth noting that Apple will replace the mute switch with a mute button, likely similar to the customised Action button on the Apple Watch Ultra. The report indicates that this will be the design that Apple intended to use for much of the iPhone 15 Pro development phase. It is likely that Apple will adopt solid-state button technology for the iPhone 16 Pro models, rather than iPhone 15 Pro models.
The Reason for the Two-Button Design
Apple has retained the original volume button design for the iPhone 15 Pro models, instead of integrating new solid-state buttons, because the solution is significantly more complicated to construct. Reports suggest that the new buttons would require the installation of three new haptics engines in the iPhones’ hardware, which may not have been feasible for the company at present.
While nothing has been officially confirmed yet, leaks and reports have given us a good idea of what to expect from the iPhone 15 series. Apple is likely to adopt a two-button design for its iPhone 15 Pro models, with a new volume button and a customised mute button. Though the solid-state button technology may be introduced for iPhone 16 Pro, the company may delay its implementation due to its complicated construction. Apple is yet to release any official statement regarding the iPhone 15 series; we will have to wait for more details as they emerge.