So rumor has it the iPhone 15 Pro series will get an Action Button to replace the ringer switch. And code in the iOS 17 beta reveals several actions that could be attached to that button. Among them launching the camera. That got me thinking if perhaps some folks aren’t aware you can already do that via back tap in Settings > Accessibility > Touch > Back Tap.
Anyway, initially I wasn’t thrilled with the idea of an Action Button at all. The ringer switch has this great property that you can feel what it’s set to so you can check your phone is silenced before a concert without even taking it out of your pocket. You can change its setting too, without ever removing the phone from your pocket or even glancing at switch or screen. And it looks like all that will go away if replaced by the Action Button. Now you’ll have to check the screen to see what the setting is, and perhaps hold and press the button? Or some other system to prevent accidental press?
But lately, the idea has started growing on me because I realize that my ringer switch is set to silent basically all the time, so what purpose does it really serve? Perhaps, having other functionality that can be quickly accessed through this Action Button would actually see more everyday use (turn on flashlight perhaps?).
So what do you guys think about this? Change for the sake of change? Will you miss the ringer switch? Or are you looking forward to an Action Button and what will you use it for?