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Leaked iPhone 15 Pro images back up solid state button rumor

Render of new buttons on the iPhone 15 Pro models

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Apple leaker ShrimpApplePro has shared new iPhone 15 Pro renders showing a unified volume and mute buttons.

The iPhone 15 Pro versions are anticipated to include a single, long button for controlling the volume rather than two buttons for volume up and volume down. And, though Apple has included a mute switch since the original iPhone, upcoming models might feature a mute button.

If accurate, the CAD images from ShrimpApplePro validate a rumor that said Apple would replace all physical buttons on the iPhone 15 Pro models with solid-state versions. Instead of physically moving, the buttons would provide haptic feedback from two additional Taptic Engines inside the iPhone to simulate the feeling of movement, similar to the MacBook's Force Touch trackpad.

"ShrimpApplePro" has a reasonably good leak history, including predictions about the Apple Watch Series 8 design. They also shared a video earlier in March showing that all iPhone 15 models would get the Dynamic Island and a slightly curved bezel.