My latest survey indicates that the volume button and power button of two high-end iPhone 15/2H23 new iPhone 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.
Notably, Kuo says taptic engines will be added on the left and right side of the device to provide force feedback for the buttons.
Due to this design change, the number of Taptic Engines used in each iPhone will increase from the current one to three. As a result, the existing Taptic Engine suppliers, Luxshare ICT (1st supplier) and AAC Technologies (2nd supplier) will be significant beneficiaries.
Finally, Kuo predicts Android smartphone manufacturers will copy Apple and introduce solid state buttons as well.
Notably, the iPhone 15 is also predicted to be the first iPhone with USB-C instead of Lightning, as Apple is forced to comply with EU regulations.
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