Ming-Chi Kuo, a renowned analyst and source of Apple-related rumours, predicted that the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max may not include any physical, clickable, conventional buttons when they were first released in October of last year.

And Kuo is back at it again, basically repeating the same facts. His most recent survey of Apple’s supply chain partners indicates that the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max are still expected to go on sale without clickable buttons in the second half of this year.

Both phones will instead use solid-state buttons that will be assisted by extra taptic engines to mimic the sense of physical buttons when pressed.

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As the only provider of the controller IC for the Taptic Engine’s solid-state buttons, Cirrus Logic is the business that stands to gain the most from Apple’s decision.

If customers like Apple’s fake buttons, according to Kuo, other firms may follow suit and add haptic buttons to their phones.