Apple iPhone 15 Pro Tipped to Come with Solid-State Buttons and USB Type-C Port

We might see the Apple iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Pro, iPhone 15 Pro Max and the iPhone 15 Plus next year.

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Apple recently launched the iPhone 14 series. The company launched four models this year, which include two Pro models and a Plus-sized iPhone 14 alongside the vanilla model. It has been a few weeks since the launch of the iPhone 14 series and the rumour mill is already churning out some details about the next year’s iPhone. Apple’s upcoming iPhone 15 series is expected to launch in September 2023. The iPhone 15 lineup is likely to be the same next year. We might see the Apple iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Pro, iPhone 15 Pro Max and the iPhone 15 Plus.

With almost 10 months away from the typical launch timeline, the first set of rumours have started to surface online. The latest leak comes from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who has a reputation for Apple-related leaks. 

Kuo claims that the iPhone 15 Pro models could feature more Taptic Engines. Apple has used the Taptic Engine since the iPhone 6s. It took things to the next level by replacing the physical Home button on the iPhone 7 with a solid-state button. Other iPhones with a Home Button got a similar treatment. But since the iPhone X, the flagship models have gone all-screen and come without a home button. So where else will Apple use its Taptic Engine? Next year, the iPhone 15 Pro models could feature solid-state power and volume buttons.

Apple iPhone 15 Pro Could Go Buttonless 

Analyst Kuo claims that the 2023 high-end Apple iPhone 15 Pro models, which will launch in the second half of 2023, could feature a solid-state design for the volume and power buttons. Apple is likely to replace the mechanical buttons with the solid-state buttons in the Pro models. The analyst stated that Apple will add Taptic Engines internally on the left and right sides to provide force feedback. For the user, it would feel like they are pressing physical buttons. The mechanism is also available in the MacBook trackpad and the iPhone 7, iPhone 8, iPhone SE, iPhone SE 2020 and iPhone SE 2022.

Kuo also tweeted about Apple switching to USB Type-C for the next iPhone models. Apple marketing lead Greg Joswiak recently revealed that the company does not have a choice and will have to follow the EU’s order, which makes it mandatory for consumer smartphones and tablets to feature a USB Type-C port from 2024. Joswiak’s response made it clear that Apple is not happy about being forced to switch to USB Type-C for the iPhone.

It is too early to know more about the iPhone 15 specifications. We can safely assume that there will be two 6.1-inch and two 6.7-inch iPhones next year. The Pro models are rumoured to get a periscope camera instead of the telephoto camera. It would be great to see Apple introducing ProMotion in the non-Pro models next year. However, there is no strong word from the rumour mill about the same. 

We can also expect the Pro models to feature the new Apple SoC, which could be called the A17 Bionic. If the company follows the same approach as the iPhone 14 series, the non-Pro models launching next year could get the A16 Bionic SoC, whereas the Pro models will feature the new A17 Bionic SoC.

Apple is also said to pack up to 8GB of RAM in the Pro models next year, which will be on par with many Android devices.