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Apple’s upcoming iPhone lineup has been a topic of speculation and anticipation among tech enthusiasts, and the latest rumors suggest that the iPhone 16 Pro and iPhone 16 Pro Max might not feature the much-anticipated solid-state volume and mute buttons. According to Jeff Pu, a tech analyst at Haitong International Securities, there is now a “low” chance of these buttons making an appearance in the upcoming iPhone models.
The concept of solid-state buttons initially surfaced in the iPhone 15 Pro models, but reports indicated that Apple encountered significant technical challenges during the mass production phase, ultimately leading to the decision to revert to mechanical buttons. Pu had previously suggested that the solid-state buttons would be delayed until the iPhone 16 Pro models, but he now believes that even those devices are unlikely to incorporate this feature.
Apple’s supplier, Cirrus Logic, had hinted at the possibility of solid-state buttons in a shareholder letter last year. However, it appears that the plans were officially abandoned in May, according to the same source.
Had the solid-state buttons made their way into the iPhone 15 Pro models, users would have experienced a novel interface design. The buttons would have remained stationary when pressed, with two additional Taptic Engines providing haptic feedback to simulate the sensation of movement. This technology is reminiscent of the Home button introduced with the iPhone 7 and the Force Touch trackpad found in newer MacBooks.
Although the solid-state buttons seem to be off the table for the foreseeable future, the iPhone 15 Pro models are still expected to feature a mechanical Action button in place of the Ring/Silent switch. Users may have the ability to assign various system functions to this button, such as Ring/Silent or Do Not Disturb.
The potential benefits of solid-state buttons extend beyond their sleek design. With fewer moving parts, there is a reduced risk of mechanical failure, offering users a more durable device. Furthermore, the absence of physical buttons could lead to improved water resistance, as there would be fewer points of ingress for moisture.
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As the launch of the iPhone 16 Pro models is still over a year away, Apple’s plans for these devices remain subject to change. While the absence of solid-state buttons in the upcoming iPhone lineup may disappoint some enthusiasts, it remains to be seen if Apple will ever transition away from mechanical buttons altogether. The company has always been at the forefront of innovation, and it will likely continue to explore new possibilities in its quest to create cutting-edge smartphones.