iPhone 15 tactile button rumor won’t go away (but I wish it did)

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).

An iPhone concept showing tactile buttons (Image credit: ConceptsiPhone)

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.

iPhone SE

The iPhone SE has a ‘tap’ home button (Image credit: Apple)

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.

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