Early leaks and rumors suggest Apple will replace the mute switch on the iPhone 15 Pro with a new action button that is similar to the Watch Ultra (review). There were no details on how this will be utilized on the new iPhones, but a recently discovered string of codes indicated the functions of this upcoming component.
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Clues were found from the iOS 17 Beta 4 (via MacRumors) that Apple rolled out this week. Buried in the code are excerpts that show off a possible set of actions that have been integrated with the new physical button, allowing users to take advantage of it through a press even if the iPhone 15 Pro (Max) is locked.
While it was not detailed on what each action will do, these cover nine different modes, including turning on the silent profile and enabling the accessibility features, voice memo, and translation features, among others. There are camera and flashlight shortcuts as well in addition to the Shortcuts app, which could be an alternative to the current lock screen virtual buttons.
You can check out the list of actions based on the different code strings of iOS 17 beta 4:
- Silent mode
- Voice Memo
Apart from the basic functions and shortcuts, there could also be combination or custom button actions such as a double press or a long press to activate a different function. This is more flexible and useful compared to the single mute toggle found in existing iPhones.
The action button is said to be exclusive to the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max and won't be available on the standard iPhone 15 (Plus). Furthermore, the two premium models are tipped to feature a titanium chassis and thinner bezels while the Pro Max will receive a periscope camera. However, it is confirmed that all four iPhone 15 entries will switch to USB-C from the Lightning port.
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