The news was first reported on IT House on April 12, that there have been reports that Apple’s iPhone 15 Pro series models will use solid-state buttons, and then the well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that Apple has canceled this design.
Ming-Chi Kuo said that his latest survey pointed out that due to technical problems that could not be overcome before mass production, the two high-end iPhone 15 Pro series (Pro & Pro Max) will cancel the solid-state button design that the market has paid close attention to and change back to the original physical button design.
Ming-Chi Kuo also said that investors expect the new solid-state button design to help suppliers increase revenue and profits, so the change is particularly unfavorable to suppliers Cirrus Logic (exclusive Controller IC supplier) and AAC Technology (Taptic Engine supplier). Luxshare Precision is also a Taptic Engine supplier for solid-state buttons, but since its operating scale is significantly higher than that of AAC Technologies, the impact of this change on revenue and profits can be ignored.
Guo Mingji also said that the iPhone 15 Pro is currently in the EVT (IT Home Note: Design Verification in the Early Stage of Engineering Verification Product Development) development stage, so there is still time to change the design. In addition, canceling the solid-state buttons and restoring the physical buttons will simplify the development and testing process. Based on the above, it is preliminarily judged that the impact of the cancellation of solid-state buttons on the mass production time and shipments of Pro models should be limited.
Ming-Chi Kuo said as early as October last year that the iPhone 15 Pro models would be equipped with solid-state buttons. At the time, he said that two additional Taptic Engines inside the iPhone would provide haptic feedback to simulate the feeling of pressing a physical button without physically moving the button