Apple's iOS 17 will introduce numerous changes and new features to its iPhones, while creating quite a stir, particularly when it comes to the end call button for voice calls. Apparently, the latest beta could indicate the iPhone manufacturer has finalized the position of the call screen layout in iOS 17, which will be released to the public in September.
The first iOS 17 beta saw the call screen layout redesigned with the end call button occupying the same lower row as the other buttons, albeit in the middle. However, in iOS 17 Beta 5, Apple moved the end call button to the bottom-right side, confusing most users who are using the beta software. To make things even more complicated, iOS 17 Beta 6 has relocated the button back to the middle.
In comparison, iOS 16 placed the end call button separated from the other buttons. Essentially, the current end call key on iPhones is located at the bottom most segment of the screen while the other six shortcuts float in the center.
Thankfully, in the latest Beta 7 that was released to developers and public testers today, it retained the end call position in the middle. To make it more intuitive, the update also repositioned the end call button in the center of the keypad, suggesting that the Cupertino company would most likely follow this layout in the final version of iOS 17.
While the change to the button could be minor, users will require adjusting themselves to the layout, especially those who jump from iOS 16 to iOS 17 directly. In addition, the upcoming iOS 17 version will most likely make way for the new Contact Poster feature.
iOS 17 Beta 7 brings a few changes, such as an improvement to the usage of Conversation Awareness when using the AirPods Pro 2. This means Apple will iron out most issues in the beta before the definitive iOS 17 software update rolls out to all eligible iPhone devices. Additional release details could be announced during the Apple iPhone 15 event which is rumored to kick off on September 12.
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