Apple’s upcoming iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max models will introduce a new action button that will replace the traditional Ring/Silent key — an iPhone staple since its launch in 2007. Here’s what you can expect to do with it.


Like the action button on the Apple Watch Ultra, the new action button that will be exclusive to Apple’s premium iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max models is expected to be a mechanical push button that gives users the ability to manually enable one of several customizable tasks.

Based on code found in iOS 17 beta by MacRumors By contributor Steve Moser The action button will be able to trigger the following options, which users can customize in settings and assign different actions.

  • Accessibility: Access various accessibility settings, such as VoiceOver, Zoom, AssistiveTouch, and more.
  • abbreviations: Launch a shortcut created in or downloaded from the Shortcuts app, such as sending a message, playing a playlist, or controlling smart home devices.
  • Silent mode: Like the Ring/Silent switch on current iPhone models, toggle silent mode on or off, which will mute or unmute rings and alerts.
  • camera: Launch the Camera app and/or take a photo or video with a single tap of the action button.
  • Flashlight: Turn on or off the flashlight on the back of the device.
  • to focus: Activate or deactivate focus mode.
  • Magnifier: Activate the Magnifier app to use your iPhone camera as a magnifying glass to magnify text or small objects.
  • Translate: Launch the translation app and start a conversation or text translation with a single tap of the action button.
  • voice memos: Start or stop recording a voice memo using the Voice Memos app.
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The standard iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus models are expected to retain the traditional Ring/Silent key, making the “Action” button one of the key differentiating features of the ‌iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max that will also make the new models‌ stand out. Deviate from their ancestors.

Apple is only a few hours away from unveiling its iPhone 15 lineup. The company’s “Wonderlust” event begins on Tuesday, September 12, 2023 at 10:00 AM PT. Along with the iPhone 15 series, Apple is expected to announce the Apple Watch Series 9, the second-generation Apple Watch Ultra, and possibly other products during the event.

For more details on what to expect, check out our iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Pro rumor pages, and stay tuned for our in-depth coverage of Apple’s announcements throughout the week.

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