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The Next-Generation iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max are expected to come with some significant changes, according to leaked CAD images shared on the Chinese website and posted to Twitter by ShrimpApplePro. As previously rumored, the images show that the new models will feature a unified volume and mute buttons.
Instead of having separate buttons for volume up and volume down, the iPhone 15 Pro models are rumored to have a single elongated button that can be used for adjusting the volume up or down. The mute switch, present since the original iPhone in 2007, is expected to be replaced with a mute button that can be pressed to turn the iPhone’s ringer on or off.
Both buttons are expected to have a solid-state design, which means that instead of physically moving, the buttons will provide haptic feedback from two additional Taptic Engines inside the iPhone to simulate the feeling of movement. This resembles the Home button on the latest iPhone SE or the Force Touch trackpad on modern MacBooks.
It’s worth noting that the standard iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus models are expected to retain the two physical volume buttons and a mute switch, according to other CAD images in the video.
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In addition to the button changes, Sonny Dickson, a well-known tech reviewer, has provided an additional look at alleged front glass panels for the iPhone 15 series. The images show that the Pro models will have thinner bezels around the display and that the Dynamic Islan|d will be expanded to the standard iPhone 15 models.
While Apple has not confirmed any of these rumors, the company typically announces new iPhones in September. So, it’s likely that we’ll get official details on the iPhone 15 series later this year.