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Apple has been known for its innovation in the smartphone market, constantly pushing boundaries and introducing new features with each new iteration of the iPhone. However, it seems that one rumored feature for the upcoming iPhone 15 Pro models has been put on hold. According to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman, Apple has scrapped plans for solid-state haptic volume buttons for this year’s models, with the feature instead set to debut next year on the iPhone 16 Pro.
The solid-state haptic volume buttons were expected to be a highlight of the iPhone 15 Pro, providing users with a tactile response when adjusting the volume. The feature was also set to introduce a new, unified design for the volume controls, replacing the traditional dual-button design with a single, unified button.
However, Gurman reports that Apple has been “wavering” on the feature due to the costs and complexity involved in implementing it. While internal test models still feature the functionality, Apple is reportedly likely to hold off on solid-state technology until the launch of the iPhone 16 Pro.
This delay has been corroborated by Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, who also claims that solid-state buttons will be limited to next year’s iPhone 16 Pro models. Kuo attributes the delay to “unresolved technical issues before mass production.”
As a result, the iPhone 15 Pro models will use the standard two-button look for volume, rather than the new unified design with solid-state haptic buttons. However, there is still expected to be one notable design change, with Apple reportedly adopting a mute button instead of a mute switch. The mute button could serve as an “Action” button similar to the one on the Apple Watch Ultra, with the option to program it to perform different functions.
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While the delay in introducing solid-state haptic volume buttons may disappoint some Apple fans, it’s worth noting that Apple has a history of perfecting its features before releasing them to the public. With the feature set to debut next year on the iPhone 16 Pro, it’s likely that the wait will be worth it for those looking for the latest and greatest in iPhone technology.