As speculated earlier, leaked CAD images from a video on the Chinese TikTok platform, shared on Twitter by ShrimpApplePro, reveal that the upcoming iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max will indeed have a combined volume and mute button.
The iPhone 15 Pro models are anticipated to feature a single, elongated button for adjusting volume levels, instead of separate buttons for volume up and volume down. Additionally, the mute switch, which has been a staple since the original iPhone in 2007, is expected to be replaced by a mute button for toggling the iPhone’s ringer on or off.
Both volume and mute buttons are rumored to adopt a solid-state design, meaning they won’t physically move. Instead, they will offer haptic feedback via two extra Taptic Engines inside the iPhone, creating a sensation of movement similar to the Home button on the latest iPhone SE or the Force Touch trackpad on contemporary MacBooks.
The regular iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus models are anticipated to retain the two physical volume buttons and mute switch, as indicated by other CAD images in the video. Apple is expected to unveil the entire iPhone 15 lineup in September, as per their usual schedule.
In related developments, tech reviewer Sonny Dickson has offered a closer look at purported front glass panels for the iPhone 15 series. Consistent with the initial leak, the images reveal thinner bezels around the display for the Pro models and an expanded Dynamic Island for the standard iPhone 15 models.