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Technical issues forcing Apple to retain physical buttons on the iPhone 15 Pro

The iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max were expected to ditch the physical volume and slider buttons for a capacitive touch. However, it seems a technical issue will be forcing Apple to stick with the physical clickable buttons the company has used in previous iPhones.

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According to a new report from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max might skip the solid-state buttons. He said there were some “unresolved technical issues,” with implementing the capacitive touch. If these technical issues remain unresolved, Apple could launch the iPhone 15 Pro with physical buttons.

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While we don’t know what the cost increase of the change from a physical button to capacitive touch would be, not changing will also affect some suppliers.

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Sticking with the physical buttons means Apple would no longer need suppliers like Cirrus Logic. Cirrus Logic was expected to manufacture the dedicated microprocessor for the new buttons. Other suppliers who could have benefited from the transition from the physical button are AAC Technologies and Luxshare ICT.

The iPhone 15 Pro is still in the EVT Development stage (that’s the internal validation and testing period). This means Apple Inc. could still ditch the physical buttons if everything works fine. But should the technical issues persist, the company could switch and use physical buttons with little impact on mass production, and the new iPhone Pro models should arrive on schedule.

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Many Apple users would love to see, own, and use an iPhone 15 Pro with a capacitive touch. We hope this feature makes it to the final product when it’s launched later this year.





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