When an iPhone is plugged in and syncing, the status bar shows a message like:

Syncing "Phone" (Step 2 of 6)

On the left side of the bar there is this icon:

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It darkens when clicked, which implies that it's a button. If I had to guess from the icon alone, I would say "rotate clockwise", but that doesn't make sense in this context.

Hovering does not display a tooltip. Clicking it does not have any visible effect.

What is this button?

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It is the skip button for skipping the current process. The button usually only shows on skippable actions and is most commonly shown for an iOS device iTunes backup.

  • Makes sense. Any idea why clicking it doesn't skip the current process?
    – Robert
    Commented Sep 18, 2016 at 19:50
  • 1
    @Robert Most likely a bug, in that it shouldn't be shown when it's not possible to skip.
    – grg
    Commented Sep 18, 2016 at 21:24

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