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Apple’s upcoming iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max models are set to introduce a new button press combination to power off and force restart the devices, according to an anonymous source with details about the smartphones ahead of launch.
Currently, iPhone users turn off their devices by pressing the Side button and either volume buttons, while the same buttons are used in another combination to perform a hard reset. However, with the mute switch expected to be dropped in favor of a potentially customizable “Action” button, this latter new button will take on the role of the volume buttons when powering off or resetting the iPhone 15 Pro models.
The anonymous leaker on Twitter claims that “the volume up and power button will no longer be used to power off the device, or ‘force-restart’ it.” Instead, the new combination will be changed to the Action and Power button.
Furthermore, the leaker also suggested that the Action button will replace the volume up button for taking photos in the Camera app, with force-sensitivity enabling a light press to auto-focus the camera, a hard press to take a picture, and a hard/long press to record video.
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While this second claim about Force Touch sensitive functions should be taken with a pinch of salt, several other sources have indicated that Apple has encountered technical issues with capacitive buttons on the iPhone 15 Pro models, and will delay them for a later version of the iPhone. However, @analyst941, who has been a reliable source of pre-launch information in the past, disputes this claim and believes they are still coming to the iPhone 15 Pro.
It is worth noting that a unified volume button was also a design planned for solid-state technology, but Apple is said to be opting to stick with the current design now that solid-state buttons have been delayed.