According to a new leak, all four iPhone 16 models will feature capacitive Action buttons instead of mechanical ones, marking a significant design change.
all four iPhone 16 models will feature Action buttons, a design change that was first introduced with the iPhone 15 Pro. Additionally, Apple is reportedly planning to enhance the functionality of the Action button and switch from mechanical to capacitive buttons, as revealed by 9to5Mac. This update is expected to further enhance the user experience on the new devices.
According to rumors, Apple was planning to introduce solid-state capacitive Action buttons in the iPhone 15 Pro, but the company reportedly scrapped the plan at the last minute. Instead, the improvement is expected to be featured in the iPhone 16 models next year. This change is expected to enhance the user experience and provide a more seamless interaction with the device.
a recent leak from Macrumors, a reliable source with a proven track record of accurate information about Apple products, the upcoming iPhone 16 series may feature solid-state capacitive Action buttons. However, The source emphasized that this is pre-production information and Apple’s plans may change. This change could potentially enhance the user experience and provide a more seamless interaction with the device.
Accordingly, iPhone 16, iPhone 16 Plus, iPhone 16 Pro, and iPhone 16 Pro Max will all have an Action button instead of a physical mute switch. Currently, only the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max use the Action button. iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus still use the traditional mute switch.
The leaker also added that Apple plans to upgrade the Action button to be more powerful and make it work similar to the Touch ID Home button on older iPhone models or the Trackpad on recently produced MacBooks.
The new Action button will be able to detect changes in pressure, thanks to a new force sensor. In addition, it can be supplemented with a screen unlock function. Currently, the Action button has functions such as turning on or off silent mode, turning on the camera, recording voice
Apple also reportedly tested different sizes for the Action button. In pre-production testing, some iPhone 16 models are said to include a larger Action button than the iPhone 15 Pro, roughly the same size as the volume rocker.