Apple will announce its latest iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro models later this year with big changes in terms of design and front-facing features. One of the big changes coming to the iPhone 15 Pro's exterior is the action button that will take the place of the Mute Switch. Until now, there has only been speculation that the action button will be used as a shortcut, but no solid proof was available. In the latest iOS 17 beta, the iPhone 15 Pro's Action Button functionality has been leaked.
The action button on the iPhone 15 Pro can perform nine different functions, more may be announced at launch
Yesterday, Apple saw fit to release the fourth beta version of its upcoming iOS 17 update to developers for testing. The latest update brings a plethora of changes to the platform. While the final version of iOS 17 will be available to the general public later this year, the beta updates offer a glimpse into the future when it comes to the iPhone 15 Pro models. Some of the code references include details related to the action button functionality on the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max (via MacRumors ).
We previously covered how the action button on the iPhone 15 Pro could have functionality similar to the Apple Watch Ultra. However, the function may vary from device to device, but the purpose remains the same – to make certain functions easier to access. Currently, the iPhone 14 Pro models have a mute switch, which will be replaced by an action button. According to the newly revealed code in iOS 17, the iPhone 15 Pro's action button may contain nine different functions:
These are just some of the functions of the Action Button that were discovered in iOS 17. At the launch of the iPhone 15 Pro, Apple could also announce additional functions. In our view, the accessibility features are the most difficult for users to access, and if all it takes is the push of a button, it will be very useful for users.
It was initially thought that Apple would replace the mechanical buttons on the iPhone 15 Pro with solid-state buttons. This included the volume, power and action buttons. However, it was later revealed that the company would not go ahead with the plan due to technical difficulties. The feature is now expected to arrive with the launch of iPhone 16 Pro models. Potentially, Apple will also offer standard iPhone 16 models with an action button, removing the middle switch from the lineup entirely.
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