Is IP7 losing the mute button?!

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  1. spinedoc77 macrumors G3

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    Early on I heard rumors of the mute button being lost due to the increased water resistance. I haven't heard anything lately from the leaks/rumors about this. Anyone care to venture a guess, or any credible leaks which mention this? I'd hate to see this go as it's a differentiating factor from virtually every other smartphone out there and IMO very valuable.
     
  2. satinsilverem2 macrumors 6502a

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    I highly doubt they would delete it. there are tons of ways to make a mechanical switch water resistant. just look a the watch and the digital crown.
     
  3. JacksonCraig94 macrumors regular

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    I really wouldn't mind if Apple removed the mute button on the iPhone 7.
     
  4. spoa94 macrumors 6502a

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    No point in further speculation today, we will all know tomorrow. But personally I hope they do not remove the mute switch. IMO a cell phone NEEDS this. You need to be able to mute easily and without lighting up the screen.
     
  5. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    Though I'm not getting a 7, I use the mute switch daily, so the removal of it would be a letdown.
     
  6. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    While I don't use it daily, I use it enough that it would be an inconvenience for me.
     
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  8. DadBod630 macrumors regular

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    Yes they are taking the mute switch out. You will no longer be able to silence your phone.
     
  9. Steve686 macrumors 68030

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    Tap, tap, hold on the volume down button or some other simple manipulation would be suffice.
     
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    I just wish they'd move it. I'm tired of it being flipped on accident when I move it from/to my pocket.
     
  12. eclipse01 macrumors 68020

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    I hope not, I hate the fact that the new Ipads don't have it!
     
  13. onepoint macrumors 6502a

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    I suppose all we "know" at this point is that the mock ups include the switch.
     
  14. Mr.C macrumors 601

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    Same here.
     
  15. spoa94 macrumors 6502a

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    Quick! Now do that while the phone is in your pocket
     
  16. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Reach inside the pocket and do it. In fact it would likely be easier to do that in the pocket with one hand compared to flipping the mute switch in the pocket using one hand.
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    Interesting. I've had that happen once or twice over the years, but certainly not something that's common at all for me. I wonder what would be a different place that wold be better, and at the same time won't cause more "accidents" for someone else (given that current positioning seems to work for many people, while some people seemingly run into issues).
     
  17. The-Real-Deal82 macrumors 601

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    If they got rid of it I wouldn't mind as long as they replace it with something just as convenient. I don't want to be trawling through settings or dragging up toolbars just to do a one action task.
     
  18. Mr.C macrumors 601

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    It happens to me all the time to the point it's now getting annoying.
     
  19. IFRIT, Sep 6, 2016
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    IFRIT macrumors 6502a

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    A dedicated mute button is a bit of a waste IMO, just another switch that can do wrong, just another hole for crap to get in.
     
  20. onepoint macrumors 6502a

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    Personally, I have a feeling they'll remove it sooner than later. I think the mute/rotation switch removal on the iPad was a pilot of sorts, and I don't recall a whole lot of complaining.
     
  21. ignatius345 macrumors 6502a

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    Or they could keep the useful switch they already have and not subject people to garbage like that. Current design is great: I reach into my pocket, and without taking out my phone or going through some absurd sequence, I flip the switch and I know it's silenced. If I'm at all unsure of the orientation, the "buzz" when you flip to silent tells you exactly where you're at.
     
  22. LoveToMacRumors macrumors 68020

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    I never use the mute button since with the Apple watch, my phone's always on mute, because all notifications goes to the watch.
     
  23. Steve686 macrumors 68030

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    Are we really that lazy a society that we can't take a phone out of our pocket to mute it?
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    Interesting.

    I actually use my phone so it is very seldomly left in my pocket.
     
  24. spoa94 macrumors 6502a

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    It's not about laziness but convenience. Why not get rid of the volume buttons? No need to stop at the ringer switch.
     
  25. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slippery_slope

    (I still don't quite follow how flipping a mute switch in the pocket really works, let alone how that is more convenient than just pressing and holding the down volume button, for example, as was mentioned as how it might be done if the mute button was removed.)

    That said, I'm all for the mute switch being there and remaining there.
     

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