iPhone 15 rumors keep coming in fast, and some are proving to be very divisive. Apple only launched the iPhone 14 in September, so we expect it to be another 9 months until we have concrete details on the sequel, but fans already have lists of expected features.
One of the rumors floating around is that the iPhone 15 will offer tactile buttons. Instead of real buttons, this will have tactile touch sensors that mimic the feel of using real physical buttons by responding to touch with vibration or other means. But we’re not really sure we’ll see the point (see our Apple Black Friday recap if you’re looking for any late deals on current Apple equipment).
iPhone 15 idea (opens in new tab) It will get solid-state haptics for the power and volume buttons, brought up in October by well-known Apple analyst Ming-chi Kuo. The claim now has more supporting evidence because, as reported by MacRumors (opens in new tab)Apple supplier Cirrus Logic told shareholders: (opens in new tab) He talks to a “strategic customer” about “bringing a new HPMS component to market in smartphones next year”.
MacRumors in an earnings call (opens in new tab)John Forsyth, CEO of Cirrus Logic, spoke of a timeframe for the “back half of next year” that seems to coincide with the iPhone’s usual September launch date. Cirrus Logic’s high-performance mixed-signal chips (HPMS) include haptic drivers for the iPhone Taptic Engine, which we saw used in the home button design of the iPhone 7, 8 and SE2 to create the feel of a button press via vibration. feedback.
All this suggests that this could be a real plan. But while haptics (or taps in Apple language) may sound futuristic, the buttons do their job perfectly. Some fans welcomed the rumor, but others weren’t convinced it made sense, and we can see why. Tech geeks took a poll on Twitter and 62 percent thought the move was a good idea, but many people expressed their doubts.
“Buttons should remain just buttons. There’s no use in making them virtual,” wrote one person. twitter (opens in new tab). “So they’ll get rid of the buttons and put in something that feels like a button.. why?!” wrote another. “Useless. One more thing that might break. What if you wear gloves? I find clickable buttons much better.”
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One supposed benefit of touch technology is that it prevents the wear and tear that physical buttons can undergo, but we’ve never heard of anyone complaining that the power button or volume buttons on their iPhones are getting old. Others have concerns about how they can restart the phone if the software freezes, and there is also the question of how the tactile buttons will work with the cases.
This rumor comes after suggestions that the iPhone 15 will have a slightly rounded back. Put these two changes together and we have the most radical design divergence for a while.
Of course, it’s still too early to know whether Apple will actually introduce these changes on the iPhone 15 or which model. There are rumors that it will eventually be an iPhone 15 Ultra made of titanium. In the meantime, you’ll find the best deals on Apple’s latest range below, and if you’re looking to use a case on your iPhone while you still can, check out our selection of the best iPhone 14 cases!