iPhone’s progress won’t be stalled by Apple’s imagination but by muscle memory

Apple iOS17 update
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Recently, a change to iOS came and went so quickly, you may not have even been aware of it, let alone seen it – but it received the kind of immediate universal scorn usually reserved for a Michael Bay film or for when someone brings fruit salad to a barbecue. In one of the iOS 17 betas, Apple moved the End Call button on the phone screen. That’s it, but the response from anyone who actually had to deal with the unexpected shift was unanimous: ‘Nope. Don’t like it, can’t handle it, put it back, please’.

It’s such a small thing, and yet it’s perhaps the strongest sign yet of a problem that Apple will increasingly have to deal with in software that’s 16 years old: muscle memory. (To stay up to date, take a look at our guide on how to download iOS 17 and check out our guide to the different iPhone generations to keep on track with Apple's ever-changing features ). 

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Matt Bolton

Matt is Managing Editor at TechRadar.com, and previously worked on T3, MacLife and MacFormat. He's been testing technology for over a decade, working in specialist Apple publications as well general technology and creative journalism, and has charted Apple’s ups and downs since his student days (but still hopes to hear “one more thing”). By day, you can find him covering TV, audio, smart home gear and more at T3.com, as Home Tech Editor. By night, he's probably updating or pairing or installing some new piece of technology in the quest for the perfect setup.