With the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max, Apple introduced an innovative feature in the form of the Action Button, granting users the ability to personalize its function according to their preferences. However, in the latest iOS 17.1 update, Apple has taken a unique approach to how this button operates when your device is safely tucked away in your pocket.
The traditional Mute Switch, a familiar feature on the sides of iPhones, bid adieu with the advent of the iPhone 15 Pro series. In its place, the Action Button stepped into the limelight, offering users the flexibility to assign a variety of tasks. From powering down the phone and activating the flashlight to launching chosen application shortcuts, the Action Button can be conveniently customized via the device’s Settings menu.
One remarkable facet of this feature is its functionality even when the screen is dormant. However, this convenience isn’t without its challenges, including the possibility of accidental actions while the device is snug in your pocket.
To address this concern, Apple has introduced a dynamic feature that adjusts the button’s function, especially when it detects that your phone is nestled securely in your pocket. This enhancement likely utilizes a proximity sensor for a seamless user experience.
At present, this feature is exclusively available to users participating in the iOS 17.1 beta program for the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max. As for the wider audience, Apple anticipates the stable release of iOS 17.1 at the end of October, though the exact release date remains to be confirmed.