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Apple Will Improve the Action Button of the iPhone 16 Lineup

There’s no denying that the new iPhone 15 lineup, meaning Apple’s flagship for 2023, brings some powerful improvements compared to its predecessor series. The A16 Bionic chipset, the advanced dual-camera system, and the 4K video recording up to 60fps are just a few of the standout features that the iPhone 15 series embraces. But we all know that Apple fans are hard to please, and there’s nothing to blame for that.

It’s only a matter of time until Apple unveils the iPhone 16 series, which is expected to debut in the fall of 2024. While the iPhone 15 lineup was released this year in the second half of September, it would be a pretty safe bet to say that the upcoming iPhone 16 will come out around the same month in 2024. Regardless of the release date of the future iPhone 16 series, we can be glad that there is already some information available about those upcoming smartphones.

How Apple prepares to improve the Action Button of the iPhone 16

It’s not a secret that the new iPhone 15 lineup of 2023 already offers an improved Action Button, which acts as a placeholder for the mute switch that is present in the Pro variants. The new button allows the user to program actions in order to benefit from shortcuts.

According to MacRumors, Apple aims to include the improved Action Button from iPhone 15 in all of the models from the upcoming iPhone 16 lineup. If that’s true, it means that future users of the next generation of iPhones will have significantly more ways to control them than they’ve expected.

Let’s have a look at what functions can the Action button perform on iPhones, as far as we know at this point:

Camera: With the Action Button, it is possible to activate the camera app you want, such as photo, video, selfie, portrait selfie mode, and so on.

Voice Memo: You can easily record a voice memo when you wish, as it can come in handy if you want to record personal notes, musical ideas, classroom lectures, and a lot more.

Focus: You can also use the Action Button to enable or disable one of the Focus modes.

Flashlight: Everybody has a flashlight on their smartphone nowadays, and iPhones are no exception. With the Action Button, you can turn that function on or off.

Accessibility features: You can feel free to enable or disable any of the accessibility features and settings for those who deal with impaired hearing or vision.

Magnifier: You can also use the camera of your iPhone as a magnifying glass through the Magnifier software.

Shortcuts: It is also possible to open a shortcut from the Shortcuts app, which can lead the way to a range of powerful functions.

Translate: You will also have the possibility to translate speech between two languages easily and quickly, starting from iOS 17.2.

Silent mode: You can trigger silent mode for those situations when you’re at a meeting and you don’t wish for your iPhone to disturb you.

With or without the improved Action Button from iPhone 15, Apple fans indeed have a lot of high hopes regarding the upcoming iPhone 16 lineup. They hope to see even better cameras, more advanced processors, and probably even higher displays. Whether Apple will grant their wishes or not, that’s something only time will tell for sure!

Costea Lestoc
Costea Lestoc
I began writing as a professional on my personal blog and then discovered my true calling, which is writing about SEO, technology and gadgets in general. I am a technical writer, author and blogger since 2005. An industry watcher that stays on top of the latest features, extremely passionate about juicy tech news and everything related to gadgets.


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