There have been reports and rumors since last October that the Apple iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max will ditch the traditional clickable volume buttons in favor of solid-state buttons. Instead of a clickable pressure point, solid-state keys have haptic feedback when pressed with a short vibration. The mute button is said to be replaced with a multifunctional haptic switch. The switch is inspired by the Apple Watch Ultra’s action button.
Recently, there were indications that Apple would skip these solid-state buttons and the action button on the iPhone 15 Pro models due to technical problems. New CAD renderings from 9to5Mac now point in a different direction. Accordingly, the iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max get an action button. The single volume rocker we’ve seen in previous renders is replaced with separate, mechanical volume buttons. These are similar to those we’ve seen on previous iPhones.
The new CAD renderings also show that the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max’s camera modules won’t protrude as much. Earlier renderings indicated an even greater increase due to the new camera sensors.
Also, today there was a new report that the production cost of the base model iPhone 15 is expected to increase by about 12%. The cost of the Pro version should increase by around 20%. According to the tipster, the reason is a price increase at chip manufacturer TSMC. TSMC produces the A17 Bionic processor for the new Pro iPhones.