iPhone 15 Pro's big design change gets even more confusing

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Rumors surrounding the iPhone 15 Pro are starting to get fractured as we get ever closer to the expected September 2023 announcement. Now, we're hearing more about the rumored Action button and what roles it might play.

The Action button claims stem from the expectations that Apple's best iPhone of 2023 would use new capacitive buttons instead of the clicky ones we're all familiar with. A recent report said that those solid-state buttons were no longer happening, but one Twitter leaker continues to double down on their claims that the Action button remains regardless.

Now they've shared more details about what that might entail including a change that would remove specific functionality from the volume buttons.

Rumors that may or may not be on the button

The move away from physical buttons was reported as being canceled a week ago with Apple thought to have been struggling to make the new solid-state ones work properly. However, a leaker who has a reasonable track record of sharing information about iPhones before their release claims that the Action button is still happening.

What's more, they've now shared even more information that suggests Apple is ready to change the way iPhones are restarted as well.

According to them, Apple will change the force-restart button combination away from the volume button combined with the power button — it'll use the Action button and volume button instead.

The leak goes on, saying that Apple's button will also know how firmly it is being pressed. That sounds similar to the 3D Touch technology of yesteryear, with the leaker saying that different types of button presses will trigger different kinds of actions. The example given included the Camera app, with a light press causing the camera to focus and a hard press capturing the shot.

It's also thought that a longer firm press could be used to capture a video recording.

At this point, it's difficult to be sure exactly where this is all going, with the Action button potentially the biggest iPhone upgrade of the year. But if Apple is struggling to make solid-state buttons work reliably that would throw the Action button into doubt.

With iOS 17 set to be released to developers on 5 June, it's possible we could learn more then. Otherwise, we might just have to wait for September to roll around instead.

Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too. Having grown up using PCs and spending far too much money on graphics card and flashy RAM, Oliver switched to the Mac with a G5 iMac and hasn't looked back. Since then he's seen the growth of the smartphone world, backed by iPhone, and new product categories come and go. Current expertise includes iOS, macOS, streaming services, and pretty much anything that has a battery or plugs into a wall. Oliver also covers mobile gaming for iMore, with Apple Arcade a particular focus. He's been gaming since the Atari 2600 days and still struggles to comprehend the fact he can play console quality titles on his pocket computer.