At this point, Apple may put the iPhone 15 up for preorder. According to the latest series of leaks, many small rumors seem to be confirmed while a full picture of this year’s update can be seen.
The first leak comes courtesy of 9to5Mac, confirming an earlier rumor by @ZoneofTech on Twitter claiming that the iPhone 15 will have a “LONG Unified Volume button, rather than 2 separate ones.” 9to5Mac adds that Apple is “getting rid of the separate volume up and volume down buttons for a new button that works both ways depending on where the user presses it.”
Apple used a volume rocker for the first three iPhones as well as the iPhone 6 and 6s, but has used separate volume up and down buttons since the iPhone 7. According to reports, the button on the iPhone 15 Pro models will be capacitive, meaning they don’t move but the software gives the appearance of movement, like the trackpad on MacBooks.
Even more interesting is the mute switch, which has been a mainstay since the original model launched in 2007. While Apple hasn’t removed it, 9to5Mac reports that it will be a “pressing type” button instead of a switch. It’s unclear from the report how this will work, but users will likely have to hold or force it to silence the phone. That’s a distinct change from the current switch that allows you to easily silence your iPhone without even looking at the screen.
Meanwhile, a separate leak from ShrimpApplePro on Twitter shows three of the iPhone 15 glass panels with smaller bezels and the addition of Dynamic Island to all models. The video appears to show two smaller displays and one larger one, which is likely to be the iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, and iPhone 15 Pro.
Some rumors have reported that Apple has increased the size of the iPhone 15 to 6.2 inches, which could lead to three sizes: 6.1 inches for the iPhone 15 Pro, 6.2 inches for the iPhone 15, and 6.7 inches. for iPhone 15 Plus and iPhone 15 Pro Max/Ultra.
For all the latest news and rumors about this year’s new handsets, visit our regularly updated iPhone 15 superguide.