In iPhone 13, Apple May Ditch Buttons
While purely technical innovations will hardly appear in the upcoming iPhone 13 (or whatever number it’s given), Apple may recompense this lack with innovative design. Ditching the 3.5 jack was a radical move back in 2016, but in 2021, Apple may raise the stakes and go buttonless. Completely.
iPhone does not have too many buttons. What it does have is a power button, volume rocker, and a silent mode switch. As a leak has it, all these physical buttons may be replaced with capacitive sensing zones that get lit up when touched. This solution will help reduce physical vulnerabilities, but above that, it will create the innovation effect that always boosts sales.
Physical buttons aren’t the only endangered species. Another rumor is that Apple may give up the Lightning port entirely in favor of wireless charging and data transfer instead of more expected USB-C. Well, even one of these two steps might seem like too much, and it’s not about the public’s readiness but rather about that of Apple’s an engineering and manufacturing ability. So there is a reasonable doubt Apple will go this far with iPhone 13. Instead, it will prepare this for 2022 or make it a separate model that can be a hit (like iPhone X) or a failure (like iPhone 5C).