Apple’s iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro Max were both thought to be getting a new design but one aspect of that has now been canceled, according to one normally reliable source.
That source is supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo and the aspect of the redesign is the heavily-rumored solid-state buttons.
Those buttons were supposed to replace the clicky physical buttons that we are so familiar with, but Kuo says that they now aren’t happening.
That revelation came via a post to Medium, with the analyst saying that Apple simply hasn’t been able to figure out some problems in time to begin mass production.
My latest survey indicates that due to unresolved technical issues before mass production, both high-end iPhone 15 Pro models (Pro & Pro Max) will abandon the closely-watched solid-state button design and revert to the traditional physical button design.
This means that the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max will now miss out on some of the changes that had caused some of the most excitement. The move to solid-state buttons had been rumored to also mean the mute switch would be swapped out for an Apple Watch Ultra-like Action button. That now seems unlikely.
As for what comes next, it’s thought that the iPhone 16 series of devices will get the solid-state buttons instead, although that’s so far out that Apple’s plans could change once again.