The Action button replaces the classic mute switch toggle that has been present since the original iPhone. This new button defaults to toggling mute on or off, but it can also be customized to perform another action through a press-and-hold gesture.
As great as it is, the
As we mentioned already, the default setting for the Action button will be to turn silent mode on or off, just like the old mute switch used to do. However, you can also assign eight other actions to it if you so choose.
Currently, these are the other options available for the Action button: Accessibility, Shortcuts, Camera, Flashlight, Focus, Magnifier, Translate, and Voice Memos.
Accessibility can bring up different settings like VoiceOver, Zoom, AssistiveTouch, Live Speech, and more options. Camera will probably be one of the more popular options, and you can even set it to launch right into a regular photo, selfie, video, portrait, or portrait selfie.
Shortcuts is the one that opens up the most possibilities, as you can create a shortcut for pretty much anything, as long as you know what you’re doing (or know where to get those cool power user shortcuts). And if you don’t have extensive Shortcuts knowledge, you can even create a very simple one to launch an app of your choosing.
One of the things that Android phones have done much better than Apple is give users more options. On some
From what it looks like with the
I was already disappointed with how limited the Action button was on the Apple Watch Ultra, and it seems that it’s still quite restricted on the
Perhaps this can be remedied in the future through software. I mean, how hard can it be to just add one or two more pressing gestures to a mappable hardware button?
And speaking of software, now that we can remap the Action button to launch the camera or toggle the flashlight, can we please customize the two lock screen shortcuts to whatever we want? I mean, how many different ways do we really need to get to the camera, honestly?
Apple’s on the right track with the
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