iPhone 15 Pro’s rumored “solid-state” buttons revealed in new leaks

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We’re quite a few months away before Apple announces the new iPhone 15 series. But that doesn’t mean we have to wait that long for any crumb of detail about those phones. And a new render of the upcoming iPhone 15 Pro has surfaced online, which reveals the long-rumored solid-state buttons and a replacement for the mute switch. Here’s everything we know about the iPhone 15 Pro including its rumors, renders, leaked specs, and more.

iPhone 15 Pro Rumors:

Taptic buttons and mute switch

The most recent iPhone 15 Pro rumors revolve around “Taptic Buttons” and Apple’s signature mute switch. Instead of two separate volume up and down buttons that physically move, the upcoming iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max will have a solid-state elongated volume button. And this button will provide haptic feedback when pressed via two Taptic Engines—similar to the Force Touch trackpad on MacBooks.

iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max Taptic Volume and Mute Buttons
Image: chenwen1987 (Douyin)

Furthermore, the iconic mute switch that has been present since the very first iPhone will be replaced with a mute button that you’ll need to press. Similar to the taptic volume buttons. However, the iPhone 15 and 15 Plus will come with the same old physical volume buttons and a mute switch.

Slimmest bezels

The upcoming iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max will also have impressively thin bezels, measuring just 1.55mm, according to tipster @HANSTSAIZ. If true, it will have the thinnest bezels ever on a smartphone since the bezels on the current league leader—the Xiaomi 13 series measure 1.81mm.

iPhone 15 Series Leaked Front Glass Panels
Image: @SonnyDickson (Twitter)

Moving on, the iPhone 15 Pro—like the iPhone 14 Pro series—will have a Dynamic Island. By the way, every phone in the iPhone 15 lineup will have a Dynamic Island. The 15 Pro’s display size and resolution, however, will be the same as the 14 Pro. Additionally, the CAD renders suggest a curvier frame that seamlessly meets the display as well.

3nm A17 Bionic chip

As for performance, the new iPhones will be powered by Apple’s next-gen A17 Bionic chip; which could most likely be based on 3nm architecture. And while the “Pro” models enjoy a newer processor, the vanilla iPhone 15 and 15 Plus might feature A16 Bionic instead. To recall, this is similar to what Apple did with the iPhone 14 series.

Along with the new chip, iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max are also expected to come with more RAM (possibly from 6GB to 8GB). We could see still the same Qualcomm 5G modem that was used in the 14 Pro series here. Although rumors suggest Apple is developing its own 5G modem as well.


Getting to the cameras, iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max will most likely house an identical sensor setup—with one exception. Both the 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max will have telephoto cameras, but the 15 Pro Max could have a periscope lens with 6x optical zoom. In comparison, the iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max feature a 3x optical zoom telephoto lens.

Likewise, the camera bump in the leaked render appears thicker than on the 15 Pro, indicating that it will have a larger camera sensor than the 14 Pro. Despite this, the camera housing and sensor arrangement appear the same as on the 14 Pro.


After the European Union (EU) and India mandated USB-C ports on phones and other devices, USB-C will finally be available on the iPhone 15 lineup. But rumors suggest that Apple could limit some functionalities of USB-C connection on iPhones to Apple-made cables and accessories.

iPhone 15 Pro Price and Availability

As always, Apple is expected to announce its next iPhones in September later this year. According to tipster Jeff Pu, iPhone 15 Pro could start at USD 1,199 for the 128GB variant and may go up to USD 1,699 for the 1TB variant. Similarly, the iPhone 15 Pro Max could cost USD 1,299 for 128GB and USD 1,799 for the 1TB variant.