iPhone 15 Pro models will get low-power chip, multi-use action button like Apple Watch Ultra: reports
The iPhone 15 series is set to release later this year, and the planned lineup will likely consist of four models – the base iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, and iPhone 15 Pro Max, which could to be launched as the ‘Ultra’ model this year. Although Apple has yet to officially announce the details of the next series of flagship smartphones, there have been several leaks and reports about the upcoming devices over the past few weeks. A few new reports suggest a few key specs on the Pro models in the series.
A report from MacRumours suggests that both iPhone 15 Pro models, including the iPhone 15 Pro Max, will use new ultra-low-power microprocessors to enable certain features such as new capacitive solid-state buttons. continue to operate even when the power is off. .
This chipset is expected to replace Apple’s current Ultra Low Power Mode, which allows an iPhone to be located via Find My Locator after it has been turned off and also allows Apple Pay Express mode to be used up to five hours after the end of the battery. run out. It is also said to support existing Bluetooth LE/Ultra Wideband functions when the device’s power is off.
The chipset is rumored to “immediately sense capacitive button presses, hold them, and even detect their own version of 3D Touch with the new volume up/down button, action button, and power button. , while the phone is dead or turned off,” the report adds. Apple is reportedly currently testing the chipsets with and without Taptic Engine feedback.
The report adds that the unified volume button should have one of two features – one where the volume is adjusted based on the force used when pressed, and another where the volume is allowed to change by sliding the up and down button with one finger.
Another report from MacRumours adds that the iPhone 15 Pro models will feature a customizable action button like the Apple Watch Ultra. It will replace the Ring/Silent switch, but the report did not specify how it will be implemented. Potential functions that can be controlled using this action button include features such as Ring/Silent, Do Not Disturb, Flashlight, Low Power Mode, Light/Dark Mode, Lock Rotation, Show Screen Home, Show Lock Screen, Open Control Center, Open Notification Center, Open Camera, Screenshot, Screen Recording, Run Shortcut, Enable Accessibility, Show App Switcher, Show App Library, Shazam, VoiceOver, Magnifier, and Background Sound, according to the report.
It should be noted that most of these features are accessible with a Back Tap action, a feature that was introduced with iOS 14.
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