The recent release of the iOS 17 beta version caused quite a stir among Apple enthusiasts. A particular detail caught their attention: the red “end call” button seemed to have shifted from its familiar central position to the right. However, newer images of the iOS 17 beta reveal that this might have been a false alarm.
Traditionally, the “end call” button has resided below function buttons like “mute,” “keypad,” and “speaker.” In the previous beta version, it made its debut within a set of six buttons, abandoning its solitary existence for a more integrated placement in the lower right-hand corner.
Now, in the most recent beta release, the red button has returned to its original position at the center of the phone dialpad. However, it now shares space with its peers in the second row of the six-button block. This new location prompts users to think twice before hanging up, as they might inadvertently open the keypad or add another participant to their call.
It’s important to consider that conclusions based on beta software releases can be tentative at best. These releases serve as both bug-hunting tools for engineers and opportunities to gauge user feedback on changes, big and small. Consequently, they are inherently experimental, with varying degrees of success.
As usual, Apple remains silent on its design process and did not respond to requests for comment regarding these recent developments. Therefore, we can only speculate about the future of the “end call” button’s placement in iOS 17.