Removing the mute switch on the new iPhone 15 Pro series might be seen as a retrograde design step, as generations of iPhone users are accustomed to a switch that feels distinctly different than the volume buttons.
But Apple’s obvious interference could also have a way. An extra button on the side of the iPhone 15 Pro series could open the door to software customization, making it a little more versatile.
Instead, if the mute function were simply toggled on or off in software, that button could morph into a very distinct camera shutter button, for example, the role currently played by the “volume up” button. . The latter is similar to its ‘Volume Down’ counterpart, so it’s easy to press the wrong button when taking a snap.
Of course, this is just speculation at this point, but if Apple is actually changing a design feature that’s been in the iPhone for 15 years, there’s justification for doing so beyond the simple necessity of a design update. There may be functional reasons for this.
There’s still plenty of time for more leaks ahead of the expected iPhone 15 series launch in early September, so we’ll see more design cues, including the prospect that the iPhone 15 Pro Max will be the thinnest. We hope to see more bezels so far – in the coming months.