Apple supplier Cirrus Logic may have accidentally leaked big news about the iPhone 15 Pro and Ultra models
Sure, this may not be a case of “we caught you in the act” discussing your company’s contribution to Apple’s new solid-state buttons for the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Ultra, but it certainly seems appropriate. And if that wasn’t enough evidence, Cirrus Logic CEO John Forsyth said during this month’s earnings call that the new component will hit the market during the “back half of next year.” This time frame will include the typical September release of premium 2023 iPhone 15 Pro and Ultra models.
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This theory is supported by two analysts from the British banking company Barclays, Blaine Curtis and Tom O’Malley. The pair said the new component Cirrus Logic wrote about in the letter to contributors will likely be part of the additional Taptic Engines needed to drive haptics for the solid-state buttons on next year’s iPhone 15 Pro and Ultra models.
Last month, TF International analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that the more expensive iPhone 15 Pro (and Ultra) models will have solid-state power and volume buttons and that will require two additional Taptic Drivers for these devices. And yes, it will also require Cirrus Logic’s new HPMS component to drive the additional Taptic engines.
Top analyst Kuo also expects solid-state power and volume buttons on pricier iPhone units next year.
Kuo said in his tweet: “My recent survey indicates that the volume button and power button of two new models of iPhone 15/2H23 may adopt a solid-state button design (similar to the home button design of iPhone 7/8/SE2 & 3) to replace Physical/mechanical button design”.
So it certainly sounds like we should expect next year’s more expensive iPhone 15 Pro models to be without physical buttons that can wear out over time. They may be more sensitive to touch which makes it easier to adjust the volume on phones. It will also be used as another way to differentiate the non-Pro iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus models from the more expensive iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Ultra models.