Apple could replace the iPhone 15 Pro's physical buttons with touch-sensitive surfaces

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Although it's still way too early for iPhone 15 rumours, we thought you would like to know about this new one. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claims that Apple will remove the remaining physical buttons for the iPhone 15 Pro lineup but replace them with a technology that has been used before for the Touch ID button.

According to Kuo, rather than using physical buttons, the iPhone 15 Pro models could have solid-state inputs that don't move at all. If you don't know what they are, it's the idea of using just touch-sensitive surfaces to do what the mechanical buttons can do. You may find this sound familiar as it's the technology used for the home button on iPhone 7 and 8. To make the touch surfaces feel like the real deal, Apple would use taptic engines to mimic the sensation of pushing a real button.

It's said one of the benefits of removing the physical buttons will prevent the issue of parts wearing out as time goes by. The taptic engines will also allow Apple to introduce new gesture controls. However, it's too early to assume this will happen, considering that we're still almost one year away from entering the next iPhone era.

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