With the recent release of the brand new iPhone 14, leaks have been spread on the web about the next iPhone, and sad to say, it's not really good news.
The upcoming iPhone 15 is set to have major changes to its appearance and overall performance, but a shocking and sudden design change on the phone has been leaked.
The tech giant will substitute the power and volume buttons on the upcoming iPhone 15 line with solid state buttons that give feedback through the use of tactile motors, as per analyst Ming-Chi Kuo.
On September 26, a leaker going by the name ShrimpApplePro posted on twitter that Apple is operating on an iPhone model without a physical button. The absence of background surrounding the timeline implied it was widely ignored, with many dismissing it as years down the road.
“My latest survey indicates that the volume button and power button of two high-end iPhone 15/2H23 new iPhone models may adopt a solid-state button design (similar to the home button design of iPhone 7/8/SE2 & 3) to replace the physical/mechanical button design,” analyst Kuo explained.
According to Kuo, the tech giant will install Taptic Engines on the iPhone 15's internal left and right sides that will offer feedback signals to make people feel as if they are touching physical buttons.' Intriguingly, Kuo predicts that top quality Android smartphones, like the upcoming S23 Galaxy, will try to copy this new design.
“While Apple appears to be bitter that a government is intervening in its product road map, the move from Lightning to USB-C is actually a good thing for consumers,” says Bloomberg tech reporter Mark Gurman.
“You can bet that when Apple announces the iPhone 15, the change won’t be described as government intervention,” he added. “It will be presented as a way to simplify charging across iPhones, iPads and Macs.” This is undoubtedly true, if somewhat disingenuous, given that Apple could have switched iPhones to USB-C years ago — after all, Apple itself was involved in developing the standard.
With the new iPhone 15's design and concept being highly questionable, it seems logical, since Apple has extensive experience with haptic motors. The company also downsized its haptic motors to implement the '3D Touch' feature on the iPhone 6S, but failed to render its capabilities convenient, making it obsolete with the iPhone 11.
Some believe that the next iPhone is highly dubious, but it does appear to be quite promising. According to other leaks, the iPhone 15 will have an extremely durable titanium frame, dual front cameras, a Thunderbolt 4-powered USB-C port, as well as a brand new design for the base models.