Apple’s Plan to Unify the Volume Slider


Ever since the release of the first iPhone and the introduction of iPhone OS (now iOS), users of the iPhone have been learning features each step of the way with new iOS versions. Think about what you know from iPhone OS 1.x, 2.x, 3.x and now iOS 4.x.

Navigating the features of iOS have become second nature to us. Then Apple introduces the iPad, a new device that we immediately embrace, love and know how to use. What Apple has learned from the iPad is going to OS X 10.7 Lion. Integration is everywhere including the unification of one particular item has caught my eye: volume sliders.

With the latest updates to iTunes 10 and iOS 4.2 GM, Apple has managed to unify the volume slider icon. People have wondered why the heck Apple introduced the volume slider in iOS 4.2 GM within the multitasking tray on the iPhone. It’s also there on the iPad. Apple wants everyone to recognize and that shiny volume knob:

iPhone: iOS 4.2 GM

iPad: iOS 4.2 GM

iTunes: 10.0.1

What I love about iOS is that features stay consistent across all over your devices. Double tapping the home button on one device is the same across the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Apple’s unifying everything beneath our eyes.


  • Orrisachar

    Great post! Its really interesting to see where apple is taking its business. I know they always claim to be a software company that makes hardware…but in the last year they have really stepped up the role that the software plays across all platforms. Right now i am in Apple heaven streaming content to my APTV via homeshare, using the mobile mouse to control my macbook air.

    These are all software capabilites that arent new to the apple arsenal, and yet they are constantly finding new ways to utilize the technology! I cant wait to see how a unified OS will change the state of how we use these products.

  • The thing that annoys me is that some apps don’t follow the normal Apple rules.. Like you can have the device on mute and the videos will still have sound somehow.

  • Jbohn

    This article needs a little help… “Features on navigating the features”?
    “Apple wants everyone to recognize and that circular shiny volume knob”?

  • Arbenius

    … “Double tapping the home button on one device is the same across the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.”
    No offense, but you’re really stretching it here in the enthusiasm department. This is not a feature, it’s a requirement, so don’t sell it like a great thing.
    It’s the same OS on what are for all intents and purposes the same device (no nitpicking please). It had better be the same.

  • gordunramsie

    Thanks Jbhon for being the proofreader of the week.

    PS – here’s a medal

  • gordunramsie

    What I want is for Apple to release iOS 4.2 already! HTFU!!!