iPhone 16 rumours: Capacitive buttons to replace physical controls

iPhone 16 will be different from the previous models launched before
An undated image of iPhone 15 variants. – Apple
An undated image of iPhone 15 variants. – Apple

iPhone 16, Apple's most awaited series, is rumoured to launch later this year. The rumoured edition of the iPhone will represent Apple's flagship offering, with a larger screen and portless design, along with advanced camera quality compared to the previous series.

Stirring up excitement among Apple users, recent rumours suggest that the iPhone 16 will gear with several new updates replacing the physical buttons with capacitive sensing ones. As reported by Gadgets360, this variant will be different from the previous models launched before, capacitive sensors will be equipped instead of power and volume buttons.

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This alternative was supposed to be introduced with the iPhone 15 series lineup last year, but developers reportedly shelved the plans. According to the rumours, Apple has ordered this advanced technology from Advanced SemiconducTOR Engineering (ASE) — an independent Taiwan-based supplier.

The report stated that capacitive sensors will be on either side of the phone and volume switches on one side along with an action button. Rumours suggest that the Taiwanese supplier is expected to develop these components in the third quarter of 2024; while the Cupertino company will introduce the iPhone 16 series in September this year.

Last year, Apple introduced the Action Button, a programmable button that replaced the mute switch on the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max. The button is expected to make its way to non-Pro models this year, while Apple is also rumoured to introduce a new 'capture' button around the phone's camera.