Currently Being ModeratedNov 15, 2011 8:14 AM (in response to crepuscular.asia)
Mine did the same today iPhone 4s with the latest iOS 5.1 . The headphone volume was set at max and suddenly only gave about 50% output !!. Didn't matter what I did the volume would not get any louder. After I connected to Siri it went back to normal ??. There must be a bug but it has not been sorted out in the first update.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 15, 2011 11:11 AM (in response to jamesfromfuschl am see)
Have organized a replacement after talking to apple support . They said sounds like a phone problem, also they said the yellow screen was a good enough reason. I was promised a brand new one not a refab. :-) hope its better then the first one. The volume issue is a killer. Compared to my iPod touch the 4s gives about 50% less volume
Currently Being ModeratedNov 15, 2011 5:52 PM (in response to jamesfromfuschl am see)
It's unlikely a hardware issue, because game and notification sounds are normal, only the sound for music and video got 'halved', so most likely a software bug...
My iphone doesnt have yellow tint screen or the battery issue, so I rather stay with it instead of getting a replacement that may have worser issues...
Currently Being ModeratedNov 28, 2011 9:19 PM (in response to crepuscular.asia)
hey friend i feel that iphone 4s is is not at all good because the music volume is too low its ***** man...i will like to u iphone4 because iphone4s is too bad.....pls someone fixed that problem...do something pls guys help me out...?
Currently Being ModeratedNov 30, 2011 2:59 AM (in response to crepuscular.asia)
I've been having the same problem too. Listening to music, and suddenly the volume drops for no apparent reason. If I turn on Pandora or go running with Nike+, it goes back to normal. After quitting those apps though, the volume decreases once again.
I'm able to get around this by going to settings-> sounds and just sliding the ringer and alerts volume slider once or twice, seems to re-adjust the volume back to nornal. (iphone 4s ios 5.0)
i've also had the same problem with my 3GS (running ios 4.3.3) when using nike plus. I live in an area where it regularly gives me notifications about weak gps signals. when i get the notifications, it kills my music volume by 50% too. very annoying.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 30, 2011 3:41 AM (in response to cudiaco)
Well, after playing around for the past 2 weeks, jamesfromfuschl am see's answer worked for me everytime.
When the volume drops and doesnt go back up, just hold down Home button to open Siri or Voice Control, close it and go back to Music, your volume should be restore.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 20, 2011 2:15 PM (in response to cudiaco)
Yesterday I had been playing around with the settings on my iPhone 4S (5.0.1) and changed the volume limit in settings but noticed it didn't take effect right away unless it was locked with a password. I inadvertently left the volume on a low setting and closed the app. Today I had plugged in headphones and noticed the volume wasn't playing full volume. I plugged in my sister's headphones...same problem. Plugged my headphones in her iPhone 4 and it worked. Just happen to go back to settings and saw it was a lowered volume limit issue. Also to note, there are bugs that when using Siri, cause your "media volume" to sky rocket. Opening and closing siri was always the fix for my problem.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 26, 2011 3:44 AM (in response to crepuscular.asia)
okay i gt my 4s from india and i have a 4s from uk and iphone 4 and an ipod touch .i realised tat the music and videos volume(earpiece) was significantly lower on iphone 4s(india) as compared to iphone 4s(uk) iphone4,n ipod touch .i called up apple care and enquired about the issue and they said there must b sumthn wrong with the hardware and will give me a replacment bt i checked another iphone 4s in the istore n it also had a low volume ..ne idea is it a bad batch or a software issue coz speaker volume and call volume in headfones is fine .
Currently Being ModeratedDec 26, 2011 3:55 AM (in response to crepuscular.asia)
For what its worth, I ended up upgrading my phone to iOS 5.0.1 and haven't had the volume magically dropping for no reason.
On the other hand, I now have discovered I have tinnitus. Win some, lose some I guess.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 5, 2012 2:05 PM (in response to shoaib3)
shoaib3, I had the exact same issue: always (no exception) extremely low sound levels from the small ear speaker, but normal loud sound from headphones and speaker.
This was solved by REMOVING THE PLASTIC FILM PROTECTION FROM THE FRONT SCREEN.
It covers the ear speaker and totally muffles the sound from it. I just cut out a piece of the foil to leave the earspeaker uncovered.
Apple did not pay attention to this little detail, and of course many users leave this protection on as it came out of the box.
Hope this helps you,