This is how the new solid state buttons work

The iPhone 15 Pro will no longer have physical buttons, but so-called solid-state buttons that you can no longer press. It is not yet known how this will work – but we have some ideas.

Read on after the announcement.

iPhone 15 Pro buttons can no longer be pressed

You almost thought Apple hated buttons. First, the home button turned into a “virtual” button that only provided haptic feedback, and then disappeared completely shortly thereafter. Now it’s the turn of the other buttons (side button and volume buttons).

Apple’s strategy for these buttons is the same as with the Home button. The buttons remain visible (for now?), but they can no longer be pressed and only respond to touches. That raised some questions about how these buttons work in practice. Based on information from A.A dropout And our own statistics, we have included how the buttons work.

This is how the iPhone 15 Pro buttons work

Anyone who has ever touched the home button on a malfunctioning iPhone 7 knows how weird that can be. The button you thought you were pressing now looks fixed like the back. But the iPhone 15 Pro’s buttons won’t suffer from that. Thanks to a particularly energy-efficient chip, the iPhone 15 Pro’s buttons always remain active. Even if your phone is off (or completely blank), you’ll always get feedback and the buttons will still register your touches.

In addition, it is possible to adjust the sensitivity of the buttons in a new option in the settings. Note that this is different from setting up the home button on older iPhones. There you determine how intense the vibration you feel, but with the buttons on the 15 Pro it’s a matter of when they become active. Increasing this sensitivity is useful if, for example, you often use your iPhone with gloves on.

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Additional functions of the buttons

So much for the active use of the buttons. In addition, we can also imagine that Apple will add some special functions to these new buttons. How about, for example, that you can adjust the volume with swipes — just like on the AirPods Pro 2? You can even get haptic feedback there that simulates gear rotation. In this way, Apple adds a new dimension to the use of buttons.

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Winton Frazier

 "Amateur web lover. Incurable travel nerd. Beer evangelist. Thinker. Internet expert. Explorer. Gamer."

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