Apple supplier Cirrus Logic could accidentally leak big news about the iPhone 15 Pro and Ultra models
Sure, this might not be a case of “we caught you in the act” when discussing your company’s contribution to Apple’s new solid-state buttons for the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Ultra, but it certainly sounds like it , as if it could fit. And as if that wasn’t enough of a clue, Cirrus Logic CEO John Forsyth said during a conference call this month that the new component will launch in the “back half of next year.” This timeframe would include the typical September release for the premium iPhone 15 Pro and Ultra models of 2023.
Illustration of the iPhone 15 Ultra
This theory is supported by two analysts from the British bank Barclays, Blayne Curtis and Tom O’Malley. The couple said the new component, which Cirrus Logic wrote about in the letter to shareholders, will most likely be part of the additional Taptic Engines needed to power the haptics for the solid-state buttons on the iPhone 15 Pro and Ultra -Control models next year.
Last month, TF International analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said the pricier iPhone 15 Pro (and Ultra) models will come with solid-state power and volume buttons, requiring two additional Taptic Engines for those devices. And yes, it would also require Cirrus Logic’s new HPMS component to power the additional Taptic Engines.
Top analyst Kuo also expects solid-state power and volume buttons on the pricier iPhone devices next year
In his tweet, Kuo said, “My latest survey shows that the volume button and power button of two new high-end iPhone models of the iPhone 15/2H23 may adopt a solid-state button design (similar to the design of the Home button of iPhone 7/ 8/SE2 & 3) to replace physical/mechanical button design.”
So it certainly seems that we should expect next year’s pricier iPhone 15 Pro models to come without physical buttons that can wear out over time. They may be more touch sensitive, making it easier to adjust the volume on the handsets. It would also be used as another way to differentiate the non-Pro iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus models from the more expensive iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Ultra.