1 Reply Latest reply: May 24, 2012 7:12 PM by Demo
OSX-*** Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

I recently realized that the main volume control in settings isn't the only control and that Mute doesn't really mean Mute (its Different).

 

There is a volume control in settings under sounds that corresponds to the side buttons (if set up that way).  The is also a "sound effects" volume that the side buttons seem to control, but only during certian conditions.  Can anyone explain when "sound effects" volume comes into play and what it controls if not notificiation sounds?  There is also the Mute switch which only Mutes Apps sounds and notifications, but it doesn't Mute Safari or YouTube so it obviously doesn't Mute all Apps.  There is also the volume controls found in the taskbar which seem to be tied to the ipod side of things, but also control the camera shutter sound and keyboard clicks.

 

This has to be the most confusing way of doing volume ever.  I can understand putting some thought into it, but please wouldn't it make sense to give us our volume controls in one place in settings?  Wouldn't it also make sense if Mute actually muted the device?   Mute only means one thing and Apple doesn't seem to know the definition.  I know the "Apple doesn't read these forums" response, but the fact is they do read these forums, I know first hand.  Does anyone else think we should have more intuitive volume controls that respond as we would think they should if we have a good command of the English language?  Separate sliders for each volume in Settings under Sounds and a couple switches in Settings to choose what gets muted, easy, intuitive, done.

 

Unless someone could explain the logic behind thier method and/or explain "sound effects" volume and/or how to actually mute the speaker entirely and easily.  Thanks.

  • 1. Re: How many different volumes does the ipad have?
    Demo Level 9 Level 9 (76,320 points)

    OSX-*** wrote:

     

    I recently realized that the main volume control in settings isn't the only control and that Mute doesn't really mean Mute (its Different).

     

    Unless someone could explain the logic behind thier method and/or explain "sound effects" volume and/or how to actually mute the speaker entirely and easily.  Thanks.

    Mute only works for system sounds - keyboard clicks, email and app notifications, app sounds - other than the music app, the videos app and YouTube. The idea behind muting system sounds is for instances when you might be in a business meeting and you don't want to be interrupted with the new email "Ding" or if you want to listen to the music app while you are playing a game on the iPad and you don't want the game sounds to interfere with the music.

     

    "Sounds" or "Sound Effects" can be set to work independently of the volume rocker as you found out in the settings. So you can turn the volume all the way down using the control on the side, but if you have the "Sounds" volume turned all the way up - and you have set the sounds to not be affected by the volume rocker, you can get a very loud email notification - even with the "volume" turned all the way down.

     

    The volume control in the task bar, can adjust the volume for music if it is playing, but it also controls volume just like the volume rocker on the side of the iPad does. It is just a software button to control the volume

     

    There is no one button that you can use to ensure that ALL sounds will be muted unless you set the "Sounds" setting to work with the volume rocker on the side and you use that button to turn the sound all the way down.