Similar to the home button on the iPhone SE, the iPhone 15 Pro could omit the physical side buttons in favor of solid state counterparts. The iPhone 15 physical buttons will be eliminated by Apple.
You may have even more good cause to upgrade with the iPhone 15! The Dynamic Notch is reportedly coming to iPhone 15 models, and now a significant new update is anticipated for the pro lines. According to rumors, Apple may opt for a buttonless design for the iPhone 15 Pro in place of the side buttons. The iPhone 15 Pro has no buttons then, right? How do you get it unlocked? How will the loudness be changed?
In his most recent note, Ming-Chi Kuo speculates that Apple may apply the same technology it did to improve the iPhone 7’s Home button in 2016. The Taptic Engine, which now drives all of the vibrations on iPhones, will add more motors to replicate the sensation of the side buttons for you. Thus, even though the phone is only vibrating, you will be able to feel as though you have pressed the side keys.
iPhone 15 to use Taptic Engine for buttons
Kuo says that Apple will use three vibration motors instead of one in the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max – one each on the sides, and one for the general haptics. The removal of the physical buttons is said to improve the phone’s structural rigidity and enhance its waterproofing
Consequently, this can further improve the appearance of the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max. It will be interesting to see how Apple handles the device’s on/off switch considering that there isn’t a physical button to press.
The iPhone SE now employs the Taptic engine for its Home button, while MacBooks use a similar technology to make their trackpads feel “clicky.” Other than the expense of adding two motors, we don’t see any bad reasons for Apple to ban this technology from use in any scenario.
Regarding the basic iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus devices, Kuo, however, says nothing. Therefore, these devices might continue using the outdated physical buttons for an additional year while maintaining low expenses.