iPad volume control - is this normal?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by copydeskcat, Jul 5, 2010.

  1. copydeskcat macrumors regular

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    Hi folks,

    got my new iPad 32gb.

    One thing I've noticed, when I press the "up" volume button, it goes up incrementally. However, when I press down, it mutes the sound completely - ie. it jumps directly to zero. However, if I press it one click at a time, it goes down one notch at a time.

    Is that normal? Or should the volume go down gradually even if I'm holding the button down?
     
  2. IrishVixen macrumors 68020

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    If you hold the volume down button for 2 seconds, it will automatically mute the volume completely. Totally normal.
     
  3. copydeskcat thread starter macrumors regular

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    That doesn't seem right, and it's certainly not mentioned in the user manual.

    I just phoned the Apple store and they said it wasn't normal.

    Can anyone else confirm this happens on their iPad - ie. That you have to press individually to get the volume to go down?
     
  4. TraceyS/FL macrumors 68040

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    Mine does it, drives me crazy at times.
     
  5. nixiemaiden macrumors 6502a

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    If I hold the volume down button it goes straight to 0 as well.
     
  6. alectheking macrumors 6502a

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    your worried over that? it's because at the last second they changed the "mute" switch to a "lock orientation" switch. Thus, holding it down is now the "mute" and just pressing is volume down.
     
  7. copydeskcat thread starter macrumors regular

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    Bah. They said they would replace it, which seems pointless if I'll just end up with the same iPad.

    So, the consensus is that it's a 'feature' then?
     
  8. pondie84 macrumors 6502a

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    It's completely normal and to make up for there being no mute switch as there is on the iPhone.
     
  9. alectheking macrumors 6502a

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    Yes.
     
  10. copydeskcat thread starter macrumors regular

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    I wasn't 'worried' about it, but if it was a problem, i would want it sorted. My iPhone 4 and my iPod touch don't do this, so it didn't seem normal. However, it seems to be perfectly normal according to the consensus.
     
  11. IrishVixen macrumors 68020

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    Does the exact same thing on both ipads in our house, and has from day one. The person at Apple doesn't know what they're talking about; it's been mentioned in several reviews even.
     
  12. copydeskcat thread starter macrumors regular

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    It's the sort of thing they'll change back when iPad gets ios4 - seeing as how there's a lock orientation feature when you swipe to the left on iPhone 4. No reason why the orientation switch can't be put back to use as a mute button and make the volume controls do what they should.
     
  13. copydeskcat thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks everyone. I'll get back to enjoying the iPad and reading some comics in top-notch quality.
     
  14. Menge macrumors 6502a

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    The iPad has this for quick silencing. Since the switch on the iPad is the rotation lock, it needs another "shortcut" to silence it.
    The iPhone has a hardware silencer switch, so it doesn't need this "shortcut".

    It's completely normal. All iPads I've touched do this (3 so far),
     
  15. pondie84 macrumors 6502a

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    But the volume controls do exactly what they're mean to do, turn the volume up and down, and allow you to mute quickly.
     
  16. copydeskcat thread starter macrumors regular

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    True. But it's not consistent with how the iPhone and iPod touch works, which is why i was concerned.
     
  17. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Yes it's made that way due to lack of mute switch, and yes it's annoying for those used to iPhone or iPod touch.

    Write to apple.com/feedback
     
  18. Capt T macrumors 6502a

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  19. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    I blame this 'feature' for the loose volume rocker on my iPad.
     
  20. kfscoll macrumors 65816

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    Mine does it too, and while annoying, I can certainly live with it.
     
  21. TraceyS/FL macrumors 68040

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    This would annoy me.

    Not everyone that has an iPad has an iPhone, and i didn't even know my Touch had a mute switch, i've never used it. I'd go look for it but it is in the car.

    But i use the rotation lock multiple times a day on my iPad and am quite used to it being a switch!
     
  22. Phil Lee macrumors 6502

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    Take a look at page 9 of the iPad User Guide. It says:

    Personally I find this a really useful substitute for the mute button.
     
  23. spinedoc77 macrumors G3

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    I wish they kept it the same as the iphone, toggle to mute. I find myself muting it constantly when all I wanted to do was lower the volume, and with the toggle function at least I could tell if it was muted just from looking at the switch.
     

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