Did Apple just cave? New iOS 17 beta fixes end call button fiasco

Latest iOS 17 beta fixes an unpopular change to the Phone app
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The recent anxiety over the displacement of the end call button in iOS 17's early beta release has been put to bed with the latest update. A report in Yahoo Finance indicated the newest update re-centered the end call button and we confirmed it when we updated to the latest beta ourselves today. 

Apple stans went into a collective panic after the release of public beta 3 which moved the end call button to the bottom-right from its typical central locale. Gratefully, the world can rest more accessible now, as the latest beta release saw the end call button return to its glorious central position. 

As we approach the Apple September event, the company continues to update the iOS 17 beta frequently, but moving the end button seems to have been the straw that broke many Apple fans. 

Disaster averted 

We are still in the beta testing phase with iOS 17, and this may not be its final form. During beta testing, engineers will experiment and move things around and may even share features that won't make it into the final product, so it's hard to know what iOS 17's final form and functions will be. 

The fun is in the speculation that comes after every update of iOS 17's beta. I like to think that Apple engineers sometimes do things to create interest and cause some tongue-in-cheek panic. 

Mark Anthony Ramirez

Mark has spent 20 years headlining comedy shows around the country and made appearances on ABC, MTV, Comedy Central, Howard Stern, Food Network, and Sirius XM Radio. He has written about every topic imaginable, from dating, family, politics, social issues, and tech. He wrote his first tech articles for the now-defunct Dads On Tech 10 years ago, and his passion for combining humor and tech has grown under the tutelage of the Laptop Mag team. His penchant for tearing things down and rebuilding them did not make Mark popular at home, however, when he got his hands on the legendary Commodore 64, his passion for all things tech deepened. These days, when he is not filming, editing footage, tinkering with cameras and laptops, or on stage, he can be found at his desk snacking, writing about everything tech, new jokes, or scripts he dreams of filming.