Rumored iPhone 15 Pro button feature scrapped, supplier hints

iPhone 15 Pro concept
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The iPhone 15 Pro was heavily rumored to be getting a new type of volume and power button but that now seems highly unlikely, unfortunately.

Rumors had very much suggested that the best iPhone of the year would benefit from a new type of solid-state button that wouldn't move but would instead vibrate to simulate a click, much like the trackpads on Apple's Mac laptops.

However, a new note from the supply chain partner that was expected to build those vibrating components appears to confirm whispers that the buttons are no more. It appears we'll have to make do with clicky buttons after all.

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Cirrus Logic was the company thought to have been tasked with building the Taptic Engines that would simulate a click when buttons were pressed. It had previously alluded to the work for a company that was thought to be Apple. But now its latest investor report, spotted by MacRumors, says that those plans are no more.

"That said, among the HPMS opportunities we have discussed, a new product that we mentioned in previous shareholder letters as being scheduled for introduction this fall is no longer expected to come to market as planned," the note says. "As we have limited visibility into our customer's future plans for this product at this time, we are removing the revenue associated with this component from our internal model."

The HPMS mentioned here refers to the chips used to drive the Taptic Engine. And if Cirrus Logic says it won't be banking on its deal anymore, the iPhone 15 Pro will stick with the familiar clicky buttons we're all so used to.

This isn't the first time that we've heard rumors of the solid-state buttons' demise, but this is probably as close to confirmation as we're likely to get before September's expected unveiling.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.