iPHONE 15: What you need to know
One of the most unsurprising announcements at Apple’s iPhone 15 launch event was that both the new iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max handsets don’t have a mute switch like previous versions but instead have an Action Button, borrowed from the Apple Watch Ultra.
Although rumors about the new Action button had been swirling for months, it’s still a big change and a departure from the usual iPhone design.
By default it does the same thing the mute switch did, turning your phone from ring to silent mode. However, that’s just the beginning. Anyone with an iPhone 15 Pro or iPhone 15 Pro Max can customize this new button and assign a range of actions to it. That way you can give it a press, hold it, and gain super quick access to your camera, flashlight, and more.
Now MacRumors has also spotted that one of the other actions you can assign to the action button is to open Apple’s Translate app. For those not using Translate already, this is an app that lets you quickly and easily translate voice and text between 11 different languages – you can even download them onto your device so you don’t need an internet connection.
This means if you assign Translate to your Action button you’ll be able to quickly start translating between two languages without having to open the app. The bad news is that this option won’t be available until later on in the year, probably with an upcoming iOS 17 update.
Getting in on the action
We think adding the Translate app to the Action button could be invaluable, especially if you’re traveling in a foreign country.
But if that doesn’t appeal or you don’t want to wait for the update to roll out, then there are a range of other options to choose from that you can add to the Action button immediately, these include:
Once you’ve added one of these, you need to press and hold the Action button to launch them.
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