Apple’s anticipated iPhone 16 series, including the base iPhone 16, iPhone 16 Plus, iPhone 16 Pro, and iPhone 16 Pro Max, is set to incorporate the Action button across all models, as per insights from 9To5Mac. This anticipated feature, initially introduced in the iPhone 15 Pro and Pro Max, is now slated to debut on the standard iPhone models in the upcoming year.
An interesting transition highlighted in the report is the shift of the Action button to a solid-state structure. This innovation involves capacitive buttons infused with haptic feedback to simulate the tactile experience of a mechanical button.
Moreover, the upcoming capacitive Action Button is rumored to include a new force sensor, enabling it to detect “pressure changes.” This technological enhancement could potentially offer users a more intuitive and responsive interaction.
The Action button boasts enhanced functionality, providing a range of customizable features, including silent mode, focus mode, camera control with diverse modes, torch activation, voice memo, magnifier, and accessibility tools. Furthermore, users can configure this button in tandem with Apple Shortcuts, expanding its capabilities for personalized functions.
Currently, the Action button utilizes a press-and-hold gesture, delivering haptic feedback and visual cues within the Dynamic Island to confirm executed actions.
Additionally, earlier reports from MacRumors hint at the possibility of an extra button, internally termed the “Capture Button,” likely to be incorporated into the iPhone 16 design. Positioned below the power button, this new addition remains shrouded in mystery regarding its intended functionality.
Speculation suggests its capacitive nature and probable placement to accommodate the mmWave antenna relocation to the smartphone’s left side, making room for this anticipated addition.