iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max users can adjust the sensitivity of the solid-state buttons on their device thanks to a new sensitivity toggle in Settings. That’s according to details provided by a previously reliable source, which has shared additional details on the MacRumors forums.
Earlier this week, the same anonymous tipster announced that the iPhone 15 Pro models will use a new ultra-low-energy chip that will allow the new solid-state volume, power, and “action” buttons to remain functional , when the handset is powered off or out of battery.
Some iPhone users immediately raised concerns about how the new capacitive buttons will work properly when a case is attached or when gloves are worn. In response, the tipster has revealed that iOS 17 will include a new toggle in Settings that will allow users to adjust button sensitivity to accommodate these different usage scenarios.
iPhone case makers typically receive design details on upcoming Apple models ahead of launch, allowing them to make changes to button placement and other external changes. Combined with the new sensitivity setting, this should avoid potential issues with the idiosyncrasies of the new capacitive buttons, which allow presses, holds and responding to different levels of pressure via the use of a new Force Touch mechanism and Taptic Engine feedback.
Consistent with previous rumors, solid-state capacitive buttons are expected to be exclusive to the iPhone 15 Pro models, with the standard iPhone 15 models retaining the same traditional button mechanism as the iPhone 14 series. The iPhone 15 Pro also gets a new customizable action button in place of the mute button, with a unified volume button replacing the separate volume up/down buttons.
The iPhone 15 series is expected to be announced in September, in line with Apple’s typical iPhone launch timeframe. For everything else we know about the new iPhone 15 series, check out our dedicated roundups using the links below.
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