The release of iOS 17 is just around the corner, and while there’s still time until the newest iPhone software launches alongside the reveal of the iPhone 15, I’ve been testing out iOS 17 Beta for a couple of months.
During my months of testing, I’ve had many phone calls, and not once did I worry about the placement of the end-call button. Until earlier this week, when mainstream media outlets like CNBC started to report that the end-call button on iOS 17 was in a different place than we’ve been so used to over the years. Like most changes to iPhone, it’s likely to cause a headache for a lot of people who are creatures of comfort, and it will probably cause your gran to say, “I don’t want to update, I like the way it used to be.”
Now when you’re on a phone call in iOS 17, the red end-call button isn’t in its usual place, and quite frankly, it might drive some of you mad. But why has it moved? And is it really that big of a deal?
Out with the old and in with the new
Essentially, Apple has moved the end-call button from the center of the screen below the other phone call controls on iOS 16 to the right and merged it with the rest of the controls in iOS 17. This allows you to see the beautiful Contact Posters of your friends without the in-call controls covering the full-screen images.
Honestly, after using iOS 17 Beta for months, I didn’t even notice the change. That’s how accustomed I’ve become to the evolution of small UI design choices across iOS releases. Yes, it’s in a different place, but no, it’s not going to cause you a headache, and if anything, you’ll appreciate the ability to use the new headline Contact Posters feature on iOS 17, which allows your phone calls and Phone app to look better than ever before.
Contact Posters allows you to design your own full-screen image that pops up when you phone a friend or family member and vice versa. It’s a feature that is at the core of the customization in iOS 17 and a much-needed fresh coat of paint to an app that we use every single day.
If using Contact Posters means moving some buttons around, then it’s well worth the change, and anyone that’s got an issue will likely have forgotten where the old end-call button was as soon as they create their own gorgeous full-screen contact card.
Master your iPhone in minutes
iMore offers spot-on advice and guidance from our team of experts, with decades of Apple device experience to lean on. Learn more with iMore!
John-Anthony Disotto is the How To Editor of iMore, ensuring you can get the most from your Apple products and helping fix things when your technology isn’t behaving itself.
Living in Scotland, where he worked for Apple as a technician focused on iOS and iPhone repairs at the Genius Bar, John-Anthony has used the Apple ecosystem for over a decade and prides himself in his ability to complete his Apple Watch activity rings.
John-Anthony has previously worked in editorial for collectable TCG websites and graduated from The University of Strathclyde where he won the Scottish Student Journalism Award for Website of the Year as Editor-in-Chief of his university paper. He is also an avid film geek, having previously written film reviews and received the Edinburgh International Film Festival Student Critics award in 2019.
John-Anthony also loves to tinker with other non-Apple technology and enjoys playing around with game emulation and Linux on his Steam Deck.
In his spare time, John-Anthony can be found watching any sport under the sun from football to darts, taking the term “Lego house” far too literally as he runs out of space to display any more plastic bricks, or chilling on the couch with his French Bulldog, Kermit.
Have to be honest I am not sure ow much I will like that at least initially. I'm sure I will get used to it I time but I get it that people aren't going to be happy.Reply
iMore.com said:The iPhone's end-call button is in a different place on iOS 17 and people are going to lose their minds.
How one small iOS 17 change is making everyone think they've gone crazy : Read more
They will quickly adjust to it like those of us who are already using iOS 17. To be honest, thw change is not a big deal. It's not like you can miss the big red button.
This was me!Reply
It’s not that big of a deal.Reply
I will see it when I see it…Reply
Lee_Bo said:It’s not that big of a deal.
No, I hadn't even noticed it.
If that happens to you, you should be perfectly fine! You will take the time to look at your screen to end the call, instead of using muscle memory.Ledsteplin said:This was me!
Ed7789 said:If that happens to you, you should be perfectly fine! You will take the time to look at your screen to end the call, instead of using muscle memory.
Ending a call is not my problem. It's when I get a call while talking to someone else. Then gotta figure how to put the caller on hold, go back to my call, end that call, then answer the new call. Too many buttons to choose from while people wait.
I find those three choices fairly well explained 😅Ledsteplin said:Ending a call is not my problem. It's when I get a call while talking to someone else. Then gotta figure how to put the caller on hold, go back to my call, end that call, then answer the new call. Too many buttons to choose from while people wait.
My point was that it is forcing you to look at your screen and make an “educated” decision, thus eliminating the redesign issue altogether.