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Apple is working on a buttonless iPhone — What will it look like?

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Apple is serious about making a buttonless iPhone. A prolific analyst has doubled down that we could see the dramatic change first on this year's iPhone 15 Pro before the company embraces it for the iPad tablets as well.

It was already reported last year that the Cupertino giant is planning to replace the physical buttons on iPhones with a solid-state type. You can expect that these components including the tactile feedback will be made similar to the home button of Apple's iPhone SE 3 (2022). These buttons should then be housed on both sides replacing the power/lock key and volume rocker.

Zero port and button design for iPhone and iPad

According to consultant Ming-Chi Kuo's report, Apple has picked the supplier for the solid-state buttons. The tipster added that only the high-end or Pro models of the iPhone 15 will utilize this design. However, he also speculates that it will depend on the user's reception if this technology will be adopted in future iPhones and iPads.

iPhone 14 Pro Lightning Port
Yes, the iPhone still has a Lightning port in 2022 - but possibly for the last time. / © NextPit

Besides removing the buttons, Apple has been rumored to release a device without a connection port. While this might sound absurd, the reason for this is due to the recently approved USB-C standardization law. But rather than rushing to develop a port-less device, Apple is adhering to EU's initiative by replacing Lightning with USB-C starting on iPhone 15.

Hidden sensors and cameras on next-gen iPhone

Another differentiating factor that perhaps the iPhone 15 Pro Max or possibly the new Ultra variant will boast is the titanium chassis. A fourth rear camera in the form of periscopic sensor is also expected. Meanwhile, all lineup is said to ship with Dynamic Island before of planned hidden Face ID for the iPhone 16.

Would you prefer to have a portless or buttonless iPhone? We'd like to hear your thoughts about Apple possibly redesigning its devices.

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Jade Bryan

Jade Bryan
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I still remember how amazed I was when I first got hold of the Nokia 3210 back when I was a kid, and it was during that time I developed my love for technology, particularly for mobile phones. I started sharing my knowledge through writing in different blogs and forums back in Nokia Nseries era. I even make videos before where I put different phones side-by-side. Today, I'm still an avid enthusiast of smartphones, but my interests have evolved into smart devices and electric vehicles.

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    storm Jan 12, 2023 Link to comment

    I don't understand the drive to buttonless and portless. It limits the usefulness of the device and forces reliance on less secure slower systems. It's neither form nor function over either, but glam for stupidity's sake.

    • Jade Bryan 14
      Jade Bryan Jan 13, 2023 Link to comment

      I think Apple needs a more advanced type of tech in order to convince users that physical buttons will need to go.