According to Barclays, a research company, Apple supplier Cirrus Logic might have made a fleeting reference to the iPhone 15 Pro models getting haptic buttons next year.
The Texas-based semiconductor company stated in a letter to shareholders this month that it expects to “bring a new HPMS component to market in smartphones next year” and that it continues to “engage with a strategic customer.”Cirrus Logic’s high-performance mixed-signal chips, also known as HPMS, include haptic drivers for the iPhone’s Taptic Engine.
This month, during an earnings call with analysts, Cirrus Logic CEO John Forsyth stated that the “back half of next year” would be the ideal time for the introduction of this new component, which would coincide with the September launch of iPhone 15 Pro models.
The new component that Cirrus Logic mentioned will most likely be part of additional Taptic Engines for the haptic buttons on iPhone 15 Pro models, according to Barclays analysts Blayne Curtis and Tom O’Malley in an investor note last week:
The inclusion of one dollar worth of brand-new content in the IP15 Pro models is the most significant shift in our approach.To be clear, the company has only mentioned that the chip is not in the power domain but rather mixed signal.The removal of the buttons, which would necessitate additional drivers for the haptics engine, is the most likely use case for new content when considering potential use cases for the upcoming iPhone models.
Ming-Chi Kuo, a well-known Apple analyst, stated in October that the volume and power buttons on the iPhone 15 Pro models will be solid-state.According to Kuo, the devices will be outfitted with two additional Taptic Engines that provide haptic feedback to resemble the Home button on the most recent iPhone SE models or the Force Touch trackpad on more recent MacBooks to simulate the feeling of pressing the buttons without them actually moving.
iPhones with haptic buttons could have even better resistance to water and eliminate moving parts that can break or wear out over time.However, mechanical buttons are still anticipated for the standard iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus.
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