Apple has released the iOS 17.1 beta 3 update for developers to test before the general user version is released. In this beta, Apple has added new conditions for the Action Button on the iPhone 15 Pro. The Action Button is a new feature exclusive to the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max, replacing the original mute switch. Users can configure it to perform shortcuts based on their preferences without having to toggle the mute switch. For example, opening the camera, turning on the flashlight, or activating the focus mode.
With this change, the Action Button will be more difficult to accidentally trigger when the iPhone is in a pocket (using sensor data). This is to prevent unintentional button presses that may activate functions like the flashlight or camera when not desired. The added conditions do not require any additional settings and are expected to benefit all users.
TLDR: Apple’s iOS 17.1 beta 3 update includes new conditions for the iPhone 15 Pro’s Action Button, providing users with customizable shortcuts and reducing accidental triggers when the phone is in a pocket. These changes aim to enhance user experience without adding extra configuration options.