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New iOS 17 beta moves “End Call” button in the Phone app

Muscle memory down the drain.

Ios 17 logo in purple background

Apple is opting for numerous changes with the iOS 17 and the iPhone 15 series. Most notably, the iPhone 15 will be the first iPhone to use USB-C.

However, the latest iOS 17 beta 5 comes with an unexpected change. Apple has changed the position of the “End Call” button in the Phone app.

Apple changes the “End Call” button position on iOS 17 beta 

The speaker is using facetime to communicate with someone, and has muted their microphone, added a keypad, and is ending the call. Full text:? Speaker facetime mute + add keypad end
Credit: Artem Golub / Gizmodo

Recently, Apple’s iOS 17 beta 5 has rolled out, and one of the notable changes within the new software is the “End Call” button placement on the call screen. 

The change was first noticed by Gizmodo, pointing out that Apple has moved it from its usual center spot to the right corner. It is an unmistakable change for long-term iOS users.

Not only that, Apple has moved other buttons too. It has replaced the lonely Red “End Call” button with a group of buttons. It will be easy to accidentally hit them while reaching for the red button. 

This is a small change, and there is no need to make a fuss about it, especially since it’s in a beta build. 

However, if we take a look at the bigger picture, this small UI change will make a significant difference in the user experience if finalized. The “End Call” button has been in the same spot for a long time.

Apple’s decision to change it goes against years of muscle memory. So, there will be some issues initially. 

Although the Red button has been placed alongside other buttons of similar size and design, the color Red is still distinct. Nevertheless, the change could be confusing, and users may hit the Keypad button beside it while trying to end a call.  

That said, take this change with a grain of salt, as Apple can easily revert the change when it tolls out the stable version of iOS 17 in the future, which will launch alongside the iPhone 15 series

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Saurav loves writing and tech. So, after engineering, he didn't look back and embarked on a journey to become a tech writer. Saurav has worked for various tech websites across the globe. Saurav has recently joined Know Techie and is proud to be a part of it.

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