Apple supplier hints that the iPhone 15 Pro will feature solid-state touch volume/power buttons

According to research firm Barclays, Apple supplier Cirrus Logic may have vaguely hinted that next year's iPhone 15 Pro models will use solid-state touch buttons.

In a letter to shareholders this month, the Texas-based semiconductor company said it continues to engage with a strategic customer and expects to launch a new HPMS component in smartphones next year. HPMS refers to Cirrus Logic's high-performance mixed-signal chip, which includes the Taptic Engine's haptic driver in the iPhone.

During an earnings call with analysts this month, Cirrus Logic CEO John Forsyth narrowed the time frame for the new component to hit the market to "the second half of next year," which would coincide with the launch of the iPhone 15 series next September. consistent.

Barclays analysts Blayne Curtis and Tom O'Malley said in an investor note last week that the new component mentioned by Cirrus Logic is likely to be part of an additional Taptic Engine for the tactile buttons on the iPhone 15 Pro models, in research. When it comes to potential use cases, the biggest change in next year's new iPhone models is the removal of physical buttons, which will require additional drivers for the Taptic Engine, making it the most likely new use case.

Well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said in October that the iPhone 15 Pro models will use solid-state volume and power buttons. Kuo said the devices will feature two additional Taptic Engines, providing haptic feedback to simulate the sensation of pressing the keys without requiring them to physically move, similar to the Home button on recent iPhone SE models or the newer iPhone SE models. Force Touch trackpad on MacBook.

The touch buttons on the iPhone allow for better water resistance and will eliminate the potential for wear or damage to moving parts over time. However, the standard iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus are still expected to feature mechanical buttons.

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