According to research firm Barclays, Apple vendor Cirrus Logic may have vaguely suggested that iPhone 15 Pro models will get haptic buttons next year.

In a letter to shareholders this month, the Texas-based semiconductor company said it “continues to engage a strategic customer” and expects to “release a new HPMS component in smartphones next year.” HPMS refers to Cirrus Logic’s powerful mixed-signal chips, which include haptic drivers for the Taptic Engine in iPhones.

On a call income Speaking to analysts this month, Cirrus Logic CEO John Forsyth shortened the time frame for this new component to hit the market in the “back half of next year,” which equates to the iPhone 15 Pro models launching in September. .

In an investor note last week, Barclays analysts Blayne Curtis and Tom O’Malley said the new component Cirrus Logic mentioned will most likely be part of additional Taptic Engines for the haptic buttons on iPhone 15 Pro models:

The biggest change in our thinking here is to model $1 worth of new content in the IP15 Pro models. To be clear, the company hasn’t said much here other than that the chip is a mixed signal and not in the power domain. Looking at potential use cases, the biggest change in new iPhone models next year is the removal of the buttons, which require additional drivers for the haptics engine, making this the most likely use case for new content.

In October, well-known Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that iPhone 15 Pro models will features solid-state volume and power buttons. Kuo said the devices will be equipped with two additional Taptic Engines that provide haptic feedback to simulate the sensation of pressing the buttons, without them physically moving, similar to the Home button on recent iPhone SE models or the Force Touch trackpad on newer MacBooks.

Haptic buttons on iPhones can provide even better water resistance and eliminate moving parts that can wear out or break over time. However, it is expected that the standard iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus will still have mechanical buttons.

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