Apple seems set to be shifting one of the vital well-used buttons in iOS; the Telephone app’s red finish name button. Beta variations of iOS 17, which can probably get an official launch this fall alongside the forthcoming iPhone 15, characteristic a redesigned name interface that shifts the red button down and to the precise, and eliminates the gap between it and the remainder of the decision controls.
The brand new interface was technically made obtainable with the very first developer beta of iOS 17, nevertheless it hadn’t been extensively noticed till this week when the likes of CNBC and Gizmodo lined the change. Right here’s a earlier than and after comparability of the decision interface between iOS 16 and beta iOS 17:
To me, it seems like Apple has made the change to account for iOS 17’s new Contact Poster feature, which replaces a big a part of the cellphone name interface with a picture that represents the particular person you’re talking to (as you possibly can see within the picture above). Somewhat than having this picture be lined with buttons and icons, Apple seems to have shifted its name controls down to permit the poster itself to be middle stage.
Personally I feel the change is smart, however others are making the argument that this might mess with years of built-up muscle reminiscence and end in folks activating FaceTime once they really need to hold up. However there’s at all times an opportunity that the design will get tweaked earlier than iOS 17 exits beta later this 12 months, like how Apple endlessly fiddled with the redesigned URL bar in Safari in iOS 15 earlier than ultimately giving customers a simple strategy to swap it again in the event that they didn’t like its new location.