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One of the biggest details to expect in the upcoming iPhone 15 is the new Action Button that will reportedly replace the current Mute switch in Apple’s smartphones. This change is a huge adjustment for some users, especially when determining when Silent Mode is activated or deactivated. Nonetheless, it seems Apple has a solution for this: a better haptic pattern.

Different reports have indicated that the button is indeed coming to iPhone 15 Pro and ‌iPhone 15 Pro‌ Max models in September. In July, a report even revealed that the button can be customized through different options included in Apple’s next biggest OS update. According to MacRumors, an iOS 17 Beta 4 code showed nine different feature options for the button: Accessibility, Shortcuts, Camera, Flashlight, Focus, Magnifier, Translate, Voice Memos, and, most of all, Silent Mode.

The inclusion of the Silent Mode just makes sense since the Action Button will replace the Mute switch. However, it could cause confusion among users should Apple just decide to make it work like a conventional button with no action indications when the Silent Mode gets activated or deactivated. Currently, this is not an issue in the Mute switch of iPhone as there are color indications showing users whether the phone is on Silent or Ring mode. Unfortunately, this won’t be the case in the Action Button.

Website 9To5Mac, nonetheless, says in a new report that it will be resolved through the use of haptic feedback patterns, as shown in Beta 7 of iOS 17. It reports that the pattern will make the smartphone vibrate “more prominently when the user switches between modes,” saying it felt like a single firm tap when the Silent Mode is turned off. It adds:

In previous versions of iOS, there was only a quick haptic feedback for when the iPhone goes into Silent Mode, but never for when Silent Mode is disabled. While the new haptic feedback for when Silent Mode is turned on is available for all iPhone models, the feedback for switching back to normal mode is unused.

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