It looks like Apple is preparing some surprises for iPhone 15 Next year, including one that marks the return of touch technology for physical control of its phones. According to TF International Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple plans to put “solid-state” buttons on the Pro models next year, replacing the power and volume buttons on the sides.
Kuo adds that Apple will place the Taptic Engine cluster along with the phone’s vertical bezel on both the left and right sides; Apple’s current range of phones comes armed with a single Taptic Engine. Simply put, the power and volume buttons are gone.
For the unaware, this is the same system that simulates the feeling of physical clicking on Apple devices. The best example of this is the glass-encased trackpad on MacBooks, which delivers satisfying vibration feedback when the trackpad is tapped, replicating the emphatic feedback of an actual click.
Apple has integrated similar technology into the Touch ID home button in iPhone 7 and her successor. Instead of a button that could actually push down when pressed, users just had to tap the button and allow the Taptic Engine to produce vibratory feedback to simulate the sensation of pressing the button.
Huawei used a similar solution on the Mate 30 Pro, which had a dramatically curved display that left no room for actual volume control. To compensate, the Chinese smartphone maker has opted for an on-screen volume control system.
It’s unclear if Apple will use the usual flat metal design, or if we’ll finally see the curved screen aesthetic on the iPhone 15 Pro. However, the implementation is likely to be good, primarily because the Taptic Engine will be located on both the left and right sides.
Interestingly enough, placing the Taptic Engine on either side might solve the finesse problem. The physical power button on the iPhone is on the right, while the volume button is on the left. With a buttonless approach based on a vibration motor mechanism, Apple may allow users to switch the position of the volume and power buttons along with the left and right edges.
It is said that Apple is also planning to upgrade the RAM capacity from 6GB on iPhone 14 String to 8 GB on its successor. The most notable update is said to take place in the camera department. Apple is supposed to be looking at a periscope-style telephoto camera for the iPhone 15 Pro models, which greatly enhances the lossless optical zoom range.
Apple’s best in the 3x optical zoom range is currently maxed out, despite the $1,000 starting price. On the other hand, Android competitors like Galaxy S22 Ultra They took advantage of the telephoto camera system (also known as a folded lens) to deliver 10x and 30x optical zoom output, up to 100x digital zoom.
Finally, there’s the exciting USB-C rumor, which Apple only confirmed earlier this week. Apple won’t tell exactly when its phones will switch away from the Lightning port, but if the 2024 deadline set by the European Union is anything to do, Apple may want to start early by putting a USB-C port on its phones starting with the iPhone family. 15 next year.
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