iPhone 15 Pro: Here's Everything the New Action Button Can Do

Apple's newly announced iPhone 15 Pro and ‌iPhone 15 Pro‌ Max models introduce a new Action button that replaces the traditional Ring/Silent switch – a staple of the iPhone since it launched in 2007. Here's a rundown of its functions.

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The all-new Action button replaces the single-function switch used to toggle between ring and silent, offering additional options so users can choose between quickly accessing the camera or flashlight, activate Voice Memos, Focus modes, Translate, and accessibility features like Magnifier. Users can also associate it with Shortcuts for more options.

A press-and-hold gesture with fine-tuned haptic feedback and visual cues in the Dynamic Island ensure the new Action button launches the intended action, which users can customize in Settings and assign to different actions. Here's what it can be programmed to do:

  • Accessibility: Access to various accessibility settings, such as VoiceOver, Zoom, AssistiveTouch, Live Speech, and more.
  • Shortcuts: Open your favorite app, or run 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 existing ‌iPhone‌ models, toggle silent mode on or off, which will mute or unmute the ringer and alerts.
  • Camera: Take a photo, selfie, video, portrait, or portrait selfie with a single press of the Action button.
  • Flashlight: Turn on or off the flashlight on the back of the device.

  • Focus: Activate or deactivate a Focus mode.
  • Magnifier: Activate the Magnifier app to use the ‌iPhone‌'s camera as a magnifying glass to zoom in on small text or objects.
  • Translate: Launch the Translate app and start a conversation or text translation with a single press of the Action button.
  • Voice Memos: Start or stop recording a voice memo with the Voice Memos app.

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The standard iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus models retain the traditional Ring/Silent switch, making the "Action" button one of the key differentiating features of the ‌‌iPhone 15 Pro‌ and ‌iPhone 15 Pro‌ Max, and also something that makes the new models‌ stand out from their predecessors.

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Top Rated Comments

MacFan782040 Avatar
24 weeks ago
Now that we have 25 ways to access the camera and flashlight, can we please make the 2 home buttons customizable.

Edit: that’s weird I literally posted the same thing
Score: 21 Votes (Like | Disagree)
oneteam Avatar
24 weeks ago
So now we have 25 different ways to access the camera
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
k.alexander Avatar
24 weeks ago
So can it be set up for two actions?
Press and HOLD for Silent,
AND
Quick press for another custom action from the list above?

OR is it just one or the other?
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
cadewii Avatar
24 weeks ago
If it is only one action… this is the lamest thing ever. I hope it is more than just 1 action.
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
WilliamG Avatar
24 weeks ago
I hope you can’t activate the silent button while it’s in your pocket. Hopefully only works when the screen is on/screen is on and unlocked.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
netsped Avatar
24 weeks ago
What about double press, triple press, press and hold, etc... the possibilities were unlimited but they decided to just allow one press for one action. LAME.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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