Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo is With a note today Which expects the high-end iPhone 15 (Pro) next year to switch to solid-state power and volume buttons, and flagship Android phones are expected to follow.
Kuo, who tracks smartphone manufacturer components, says that “the volume button and power button on the two high-end iPhone 15/2H23 models may adopt a solid-state button design.” For Apple, the predecessor is the iPhone 7 and 8 and the second and third generation iPhone SE by removing the physical home button.
The iPhone 15 Pro is supposed to have, “Taptic Engines on the left and right inner sides to provide powerful feedback to make users feel like they’re pressing physical buttons.” This will result in a total of three vibration motors.
Meanwhile, Kuo says that “high-end Android smartphones are also expected to follow Apple’s design to create new POS.”
Removing the indented power and home buttons will actually remove two additional water entry points, and help create a more durable phone. Along with the microphones, this will leave the USB-C (or Lightning Port) port as the next slot to remove. Apple is rumored to be planning this for the iPhone. Meanwhile, there are speakers under the display, although the quality isn’t as great as with the Pixel 5.
Kuo doesn’t say which Android device manufacturers will adopt the solid state buttons yet, but the ones in China are a good initial bet. It wouldn’t be surprising if Samsung eventually embraced it either. On the Google front, a Pixel that adopts this could theoretically extend the 7 and 8 design language.
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