Wait for Solid State Buttons
Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes Apple's working on a "solid-state button design" that's similar to the home button design on the company's iPhone 7, iPhone 8, iPhone SE 2, and iPhone SE 3. It would replace the current mechanical button design. Internally, the change is reportedly dubbed "Project Bongo."
Kuo says "Taptic Engines located on the internal left and right sides to provide force feedback to make users feel like they are pressing physical buttons." Bloomberg's Mark Gurman also believes Apple is working on haptic volume buttons.
Initially, it looked like these features were coming on board the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max, but Apple's plans changed.
Gurman says Apple has been "wavering" on the change, but that as of right now, it's likely coming on board the iPhone 16. Analysts Jeff Pu believes there's a only a slight chance the feature makes it to the iPhone 16.
Supplier Cirrus Logic says it has "limited knowledge" of Apple's plans at this time which suggests the change isn't guaranteed to come next year.
Apple's plans often change deep into its development cycle so we wouldn't fret just yet.
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