Do you have an iPhone 15 Pro or 15 Pro Max and you still don’t know which is the most useful way to use the action button? Well, in an attempt to add new functionality, Apple has included new features for the action button in iOS 17.2below we explain what they consist of.
From now on, users of an iPhone with an action button will be able to configure this button to translate from one language to another in real time from the iPhone. Before, configure the action button to execute the Apple translation app I simply opened the application. However, with the arrival of iOS 17.2, you can now take advantage of the translation feature without wasting time accessing the application
How to configure the action button to translate in real time?
The setting This feature starts in the app translation native on the iPhone. Instead of using the action button right away, It is recommended to set your language preferences first to have a better experience using the function. When you open the application, you are faced with two text areas, one in Spanish (if this is the default language of your device) and another in another language.
Instead of entering text, tap the second language name and choose your preferred language from the list. Then, exit the app and head to the action button settings.
Action Button Settings is carried out in the iPhone settings. Scroll down and select the “Action Button” option from the list. Now navigate until you find the translation action among the different options. Unlike some options, there are no specific settings for translation so setting up and activating this feature is super easy.
In addition to its simple configuration, once everything is configured, the use of the action button for translation is very intuitive and that is precisely the key to this function. Press and hold the button for a moment, and the dynamic island changes to indicate “Spanish, listening” or “English, listening.” At that moment, you can start speaking in English, the translation will appear on the screen after a short moment. The feature not only displays the translated text, but also speaks it out loud.
One of the drawbacks of this function is that the translation does not offer specific settings, which means that it is not possible to change the language directly from the button. The only option is to configure the settings in the translation application before using the button in the way we discussed above. However, it would be interesting to have the possibility to configure it directly when using the action button through the dynamic island.
Is the action button really an innovative feature?
The integration of instant translation into the action button with iOS 17.2 is an important step towards improving the functionality of the action button on the iPhone 15 Pro and 15 Pro Max models. Some users do not quite find the usefulness of this button and have the feeling that it is a completely continuous feature of the previous mechanical button that was used to activate or deactivate the sound mode on the iPhone.
Apple hopes that with the introduction of new functions the use of the action button can be enhanced and that users will find it more useful for day-to-day tasks.