Apple's vendor may have leaked huge iPhone 15 Pro and Ultra design news

Apple’s vendor may have leaked huge iPhone 15 Pro and Ultra design news

Apple supplier Cirrus Logic is a semiconductor designer and the company’s letter to shareholders released earlier this month, the company hinted at a change we could see with the upcoming iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Ultra models. The change we are talking about would see Apple is replacing the physical power and volume buttons with solid-state buttons. Users would still feel like pressing a physical button thanks to haptics powered by three iPhone Taptic Engines.
So what did Cirrus Logic write in its message to shareholders that has everyone so pissed off? The company said it continues to “engage with a strategic customer” and plans to “bring a new HPMS (high-performance mixed-signal chip) component to the smartphone market next year.” Among the HPMS the firm is designing are haptic drivers for the iPhone’s Taptic Engine, according to MacRumors.

Apple vendor Cirrus Logic may have accidentally leaked big news about iPhone 15 Pro and Ultra models

Of course, this may not be a case of “we caught you in the act” discussing your company’s contribution to Apple’s new solid-state buttons for the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Ultra, but it certainly looks like it might fit. And if that’s not enough, Cirrus Logic CEO John Forsyth said on an earnings call this month that the new component will hit the market in the “second half of next year”. . This delay would include the typical September release for the premium iPhone 15 Pro and Ultra 2023 models.

This theory is supported by two analysts from the British banking company Barclays, Blayne Curtis and Tom O’Malley. The pair said the new component that Cirrus Logic talked about in the shareholder letter will most likely be part of the additional Taptic Engines needed to drive the haptics of the solid-state buttons on the iPhone 15 Pro and Ultra models next year.

Barclays analysts wrote: “The biggest change to our thinking here is to model $1 of new content in the IP15 Pro (and Ultra) models. To be clear, the company hasn’t said much here, aside from the chip being a mixed signal As far as potential use cases go, the biggest change in new iPhone models next year is the removal of buttons, which would require additional drivers for the engine haptics, making it the most likely use case for new content.”

Last month, TF International analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that the more expensive models of the iPhone 15 Pro (and Ultra) will sport solid-state power and volume buttons, which will require two additional Taptic Engines for these devices. And yes, this would also require Cirrus Logic’s new HPMS component to drive the additional Taptic motors.

Top analyst Kuo also expects solid-state power and volume buttons to be installed on the most expensive iPhones next year

In his tweet, Kuo said, “My latest investigation indicates that the volume button and power button of two new high-end iPhone 15/2H23 models may adopt a solid-state button design (similar to the home button design of iPhone 7/8/SE2 & 3) to replace the physical/mechanical button design.

So it would certainly seem like we should expect next year’s most expensive iPhone 15 Pro models to be without physical buttons that can wear out over time. They can be more touch sensitive, making it easier to adjust volume on 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.

Apple has tried to entice more iPhone buyers to spend the extra money on higher-end models by adding certain features and hardware (like 120Hz ProMotion display, 48MP main camera, etc.) . However, we expect all four iPhone 15 units next year to feature Dynamic Island. This year, the shape-shifting “notchification” feature is only found on the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.

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