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19 June 2024

An image of a hand holding a smart phone. The text says iOS 18.

iOS 18 is poised to redefine the user experience for individuals utilising the Action button on iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max models. Taking the place of the conventional Ring/Silent switch, the Action button emerges as a versatile tool with expanded functionality.

Scheduled for release in September, iOS 18 introduces Control Center Toggles for the Action button, offering users an array of customisation options tailored to meet diverse accessibility needs. Now, individuals can assign the Action button to a range of controls from the Control Center gallery, including essential features such as Dark Mode, Airoplane Mode, and Personal Hotspot, among others.

While the initial beta release of iOS 18 may lack certain familiar options like Low Power Mode and Orientation Lock, users can still access these functions seamlessly through the Shortcut action. This ensures that individuals relying on accessibility features have uninterrupted access to critical device functionalities.

These enhancements build upon the existing capabilities of the Action button in iOS 17, which already offered a suite of accessibility-friendly features such as Ring/Silent, Do Not Disturb, Camera, Flashlight, Voice Memo, Magnifier, Translate, Shortcut, and Accessibility settings. By directly integrating additional Control Center options into the Action button’s functionality, iOS 18 simplifies the user experience for individuals with diverse accessibility needs.

Excitingly, rumors hint at the Action button extending its reach to all four models of the upcoming iPhone 16 lineup later this year, promising an even broader audience access to these enhanced accessibility controls.

For more information, please read MacRumor’s article on the Ios 18 updates.