After a long wait, Apple launched the iPhone 15 lineup. The new models are iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, iPhone 15 Pro Max. If you’ve been following iPhone 15 news recently, you may have seen the term Action Button. So does this mean the iPhone 15 has an action button? You will know about it here.
Let’s start with the basics.
What is Action Button?
If you’re familiar with previous iPhone designs, you might be aware of the mute switch. It is an iconic switch after all. And the action button replaces the same mute switch on new iPhones. Yes it is a clickable button and not a switch.
The action button works as a mute switch by default but users can map this button to other functions like opening the camera app, turning on the flashlight, Shortcuts, and a few other functions.
Action button is a well thought out name as its name gives away what it is for. So now you know what the Action Button is, let’s find out if it’s a part of the iPhone 15 or not.
Does iPhone 15 have Action Button?
No, the iPhone 15 and iPhone 15 Plus do not have an Action button. The Action button is exclusive to the iPhone 15 Pro models.
Considering what Apple plans for its devices, the Action button could come to the base model with the iPhone 16 next year.
From a different perspective, it’s advantageous that the base models of the iPhone 15 don’t feature an Action Button. Many iPhone users favor the tactile Mute Switch, and transitioning to a button may not provide the same experience. Additionally, the Action Button doesn’t offer substantial value, so most users are likely to stick with the default Mute function.
If you’re considering the Pro Models, you may be interested in knowing the functions you can map to the Action button. Here’s what you can access with the Action button:
- Silent or Normal Volume Profile
- Switch to Focus
- Voice Memo
These are the currently official actions that users can map with the new Action button. But as you know through the Shortcuts you can open any App with Action button. All you need to do is create a shortcut for the app, and set Shortcut in the Action button settings.
Android phones have had this feature for a long time, offering users more freedom in customizing button actions. In case on iPhone 15 Pro, if any third-party apps provide additional uses for the button, we will inform you through a guide.
What do you think about the new Action button? And should Apple have added the new button on iPhone 15 base models? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section.