03/12 Update below. This post was originally published on March 9.
iPhone 15 leaks tell us that Apple is reserving its most exciting and controversial updates for the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max. Now a new leak has revealed exactly how the most divisive change will work, and it’s unlike anything we’ve seen on a smartphone before.
Posted in the MacRumors Forum By the same source that revealed the iPhone 14 Pro’s Dynamic Island last year, the leak states that the solid-state volume buttons that come with the iPhone 15 Pro models will work at all times, surprisingly, even when the battery is dead.
The tipster claims this functionality is due to an all-new microprocessor coming to the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max, which will replace Apple’s ‘Super Low Power Mode’ used in current models. Super Low Energy mode is currently capable of using Apple Pay and turning on Bluetooth for Find My Network when the battery is depleted.
“The new microprocessor that will ship in the 15 Pro models will not only handle those tasks, but will also be able to immediately detect capacitive button presses, hold them, and even detect its own version of 3D Touch with the new volume up/down button. , action button (currently ring switch) and power button, while the phone is dead or turned off,” the source explains.
“The new microprocessor will also incorporate Find My card, Bluetooth/UW and Apple Pay express features (previously managed by the Low Power SoP) while the phone is off, greatly improving power consumption during those times. idle times. .”
Interestingly, the leaker claims that Apple is currently testing two configurations of the capacitive volume buttons. The former adjusts the volume by swiping up and down, the latter uses presses with the speed of adjustment determined by the applied pressure. This strongly suggests that the buttons will have similar functionality to 3D Touch.
What’s missing from the leaker’s information are details about the new solid-state mute button. Skepticism has been high about moving away from the switch design iPhones have used since they first launched in 2007. That said, MacRumors grades The mute button is likely to be programmable, unlocking the potential for an Apple Watch Ultra-style action button. Something that will probably get a lot of iPhone fans excited.
What else is there to get excited about? As has become customary, the updates to the standard iPhone 15 models will be smaller, with an update to the design of the iPhone 14 Pro and Dynamic Island, A16 chip and USB-C (with MFi restrictions).
The biggest changes are reserved for the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max with leaks claiming they will have the world’s thinnest bezels, a stunning new A17 chip, updated LiDAR, and a gigantic rear camera. On the other hand, buyers can expect iPhone 15 Pro prices to rise substantially – living on the edge doesn’t come cheap.
3/12 Update: The MacRumors leaker is back with more details about the capacitive buttons on the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max, and it’s exciting news.
in a new post, the leaker, who revealed several precise details of the iPhone 14 last year, revealed that the “capacitive buttons will work great with gloves and cases.” This is due to a sensitivity option that iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max owners will be able to access in settings.
The leaker too state that Apple refers to the solid-state replacement for the mute switch as the ‘Action Button’, the same terminology the company uses for the custom button on the Apple Watch Ultra. If, as expected, the company implements the button in the same way, users will be able to select from a number of quick launch options, such as the camera.
That being said, the company could go a step further and reflect its implementation of the Double tap settings, which would open custom shortcut options, covering everything from automating HomeKit tasks to ordering your favorite Starbucks coffee. The possibilities are nearly endless and would mark a radical reinvention of the mute switch that may just convince the masses that it needs an overhaul.
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