New Apple Leak Reveals Design Shock for iPhone 15

Apple's iPhone 15 lineup is tipped to make big changes both externally and internally, but now a really noticeable design change has leaked.

According to respected analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, Apple will replace the physical volume and power buttons on the premium iPhone 15 models with solid-state (non-moving) buttons that provide feedback via haptic motors. And we already know its codename.

Last month, anonymous leaker ShrimpApplePro tweeted that Apple was working on an “iPhone without a physical button. Project code name "Bongo".

The lack of context around the time frame meant it was widely overlooked, many writing it off as years away. But Kuo changed all that.

“My latest research shows that the volume button and power button of the two high-end new iPhone 15/2H23 models may have a solid-state button design (similar to the Home button design on the iPhone 7/8/SE2 and 3). replace the physical/mechanical design of the button,” explains Kuo.

Interestingly, Kuo states that he also expects premium Android smartphones to quickly adopt this design.

"While Apple seems bitter that the government is interfering with its product roadmap, the move from Lightning to USB-C is actually a good thing for consumers," Gurman argues.

"You can bet that when Apple announces the iPhone 15, the change won't be described as government intervention," says Gurman.

This is undoubtedly true, if somewhat false, given that Apple could have switched the iPhone to USB-C years ago – after all, Apple itself was involved.