Apple is expected to release the new iPhone 15 series next month, and for the Pro models, there are rumors that the company will replace the mute button with a new “Action Button”. While previous betas of iOS 17 have revealed what the button does, today’s iOS 17 Beta 7 brings more clues.
9to5Mac discovered that iOS 17 Beta 7 adds a new vibration feedback mode for users to enable or disable silent mode. The new mode makes the phone vibrate more noticeably when users switch between modes, which should be very useful for the new iPhone 15 Pro with action buttons.
It is noticed that in previous versions of iOS, there was only quick vibration feedback when the iPhone was in silent mode, and there was no quick vibration feedback when the silent mode was turned off. After upgrading iOS 17 Beta 7 this time, it will also vibrate when the silent mode is turned off.
9to5Mac has replicated the new vibration pattern when silent mode is turned off, saying it feels like a hard tap. With Silent Switcher, users can easily know when their phone is on silent mode. But if the switcher is replaced by solid-state buttons, vibration feedback will help indicate to the user which mode the phone was in when the button was pressed.
According to code snippets previously spotted by MacRumors, the new action button that replaces the mute switch will have a number of options that can be assigned to clicks. For example, users can choose to replace the action of enabling or disabling Silent Mode with a Siri shortcut or choose to open the camera app, turn on the flashlight, trigger focus mode, or record a voice memo.
In addition to the new operating buttons, the iPhone 15 Pro is expected to feature a new design with a titanium frame, narrower borders, a more efficient A17 chip, and a USB-C instead of the Lightning interface. It is rumored that the iPhone 15 Pro Max will also be equipped with Periscope lens for better optical zoom.
It is reported that Apple is expected to hold the iPhone 15 series conference on September 12 or 13.