08/26 update below. This article was originally published on August 24
Apple’s iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max will divide opinions thanks to a combination of price increases and modest design changes. And now we know more about the most controversial of them all, thanks to Apple.
observer By 9to5Mac, the code in the newly released iOS 17 beta 7 refers to a so-called “Action Button,” which will replace the beloved mute switch on both iPhone 15 Pro models.
The code exposes improved haptic feedback patterns, specifically for toggling silent mode off and on. Historically, iOS would receive a simple haptic notification when users activated silent mode, but there was no such feedback when it was deactivated. After all, such feedback was unnecessary, since users were using a physical switch to silence their phones.
This all changes with a solid-state action button that doesn’t have any physical movement, and the phone will need to notify users when mute is on and off. Furthermore, 9to5Mac notes that the new tactile pattern for switching silent mode “feels like one solid tap” — all of which adds up to its edge.
While it’s nice to see Apple considering the possibility of using an action button, discovering additional haptic feedback will only serve to strengthen the conviction of users who feel its inclusion is unnecessary. The mute switch has become a muscle memory for millions of iPhone owners around the world.
But there are pluses. Previous iOS 17 beta code revealed that the action button would be customizable with a wide range of potential functions: accessibility, shortcuts, silent mode, camera, flashlight, focus, speaker, translation, and voice memos. It remains to be seen if multiple functions can be assigned to different pressure combinations, pressures, or gestures.
Furthermore, the solid state button should be more durable than the mute switch, collect less dirt and grime and have increased water resistance. If done properly, it should be profitable for buyers, and I expect Apple to offer it on all iPhone 16 models if customer feedback is positive.
In addition to this leak, the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max (possibly renamed Ultra) will move to a titanium body, and will feature standard thin bezels, ultra-fast USB-C ports, and the next-generation 3nm A17 chip, while the Pro Max will exclusively get Apple’s first 10x optical zoom lens.
The iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus will get an iPhone 14 Pro-inspired upgrade with a Dynamic Island design, A16 chip and an identical 48MP primary camera, but they’ll likely avoid the steep price hikes heading for the Pro models.
Update 08/26: The full range of iPhone 15 Pro colors has been revealed thanks to a new design a leak From 9to5Mac.
Keeping in mind the endless rumors of recent months, the site reports that Apple will shake up the finishes of the Pro lineup by introducing the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max in new Navy Blue and “Titan Gray” finishes (the latter with a natural titanium look) side by side. With strong silver and space black.
Surprisingly, Apple will get rid of the gold color it had sold for five years, starting with the iPhone XS in 2018. Gold had proven very popular back then, especially in China, and was considered one of the untouchable options in the lineup. iPhone.
The news also puts to rest a long-running confusion about the supposed dark red color that was hotly supposed to debut on the new Pro models. This was repeatedly denied by trusted insider Unknownz21, who insisted that dark blue would be the new hero’s color, another feather in their cap.
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