Those buttons are only expected to be used on the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max, and a new report suggests that there could be something else new, too.
YouTuber ZoneOfTech posted to Twitter to say that Apple normally uses two pins to attach each iPhone button. However looking at the leaked iPhone 15 Pro CAD renders from earlier in the week, it looks like there will only be two pins used for the volume buttons — not the expected four.
That could mean that the volume button will be a single button, not a pair as had previously been expected. That would likely be in a rocker configuration, but it’s worth remembering that these buttons will be capacitive and won’t actually move.
The same YouTuber also suggests that “the mute switch will also switch to a singular press button, rather than the up and down switch that we have now.”
Almost 100% sure that the iPhone 15 Pro will LONG Unified Volume button, rather than 2 separate ones.
While making our iPhone 15 Pro Concept, we’ve found that Apple uses 2 pins on each of the 2 volume buttons. The iPhone 15 Pro CAD only shows 2 pins on a longer volume button. pic.twitter.com/KzkpS9fYBB
Not only that but 100% sure that the mute switch will also switch to a singular press button, rather than the up and down switch that we have now. Take a look at the iPhone 15 Pro CAD VS regular 15 & the inside of the buttons.
Apple is expected to use solid-state buttons on the high-end iPhones this year, using haptic feedback as a way to confirm operations. That’s how the iPhone 7’s Home button worked of course, and Apple’s Mac notebooks all have similar systems in place for their solid-state trackpads, too.
Apple is expected to announce the entire iPhone 15 lineup at an event this September.