Here's another head's up. Sounds like a bright idea, but wait a moment. What if these new buttons are flush with the surface of the phone? What if we can't tell where they are by our sense of touch? What will we do then?
A link to the article can be found at the end of this post.
The article states, in part:
"Solid State Volume and Power Buttons
Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo recently said that Apple might add solid state volume and power buttons to the iPhone 15 rather than physical buttons, which would be similar to the trackpad on Macs and the iPhone 7's Home button. The haptic feedback would mimic the feel of a button press on the solid button, replacing the mechanical button press.
Using solid state buttons would likely protect against water ingress and could allow Apple to provide better water resistance. Using haptic feedback for buttons would require Apple to add new Taptic Engines."
I doubt it because
it would make them too easy to press for people holding them, don't forget people holding them are looking at the screen not the buttons.
I don't think flush buttons would be that big of a deal because you know generally where they are and, as it says, there would be haptic feedback. I do wonder how the protective cases would work with this. They would probably need some kind of opening over the button area...
I would not worry about this…
I would not worry about this until it comes out. apple is really good atout makighn sure we have a way.
As long as cases work
As long as cases work, the absolute worst case is we make a case with findable buttons haha.
I don't think a power button is possible.
While volume hactic buttons are possible, I don't think its possible to do the same thing for a power button. With the iphone 7 and above, whenever you powered off the phone, the home button stopped working, until you powered back on the device. If apple does this with the power button, I have no ide how would one power the phone back on, given everything is turned off, hacticks included, meaning the hactic buttons wouldn't work when powered off.
Not a great idea
It's not a great idea as the phone will always come in to contact with other items in my pocket and the only work around is to disable these buttons when the phone is locked.
No issue. Tactility is…
No issue. Tactility is important to everyone, not just the blind. Apple won't design something that is exclusively reliant on sight for an interactive physical button. It might be that they have a surface on the side of the phone that you stroke up for volume in increase and down for volume reduction, much like the stems of the new AirPods Pro. Either way, it will be designed so people can do it without looking.
I'm sure it will be accessible
I would think it would be accessible. Also I suspect through a case the cases might have a thing you could feel. As for how it work I suspect the phone would be off but have just enough power to detect when you want to turn it on.