iPhone's Volume Slider No Longer Covers Videos in iOS 11

iPhone users can finally cross one item off their wishlists: the volume slider no longer covers videos in iOS 11.

iOS 11 volume HUD screenshot shared by Twitter user Devon T.

Now, when a user adjusts the volume while watching a video, a much smaller volume HUD appears in the top-right corner of the screen.

While the change is small, the user interface tweak was highly requested by many iPhone users for several years. On iOS 10 and earlier, the volume HUD intrusively pops up in the center of the screen for a few seconds after the volume is adjusted, unnecessarily covering the video content until it disappears.

iOS 10 volume HUD screenshot shared by Twitter user Justin L.

Some third-party apps such as YouTube already had their own smaller volume HUD, and now the look is universal across iOS 11, as part of Apple's broader improvements to the native video player on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Apple introduced iOS 11 at its Worldwide Developers Conference on Monday. The first beta was seeded to registered developers later that day, to be followed by a public beta in late June. iOS 11 will be available as a free software update for all compatible iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch models around September.

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32 months ago
It only took them ten years. Now I look forward to an orientation button...in 2027.
Rating: 29 Votes
32 months ago
let us praise
Rating: 21 Votes
32 months ago
I have never really notic[VOLUME . . . . . .]eally a problem for anyone? ;)
Rating: 17 Votes
32 months ago
Now make it so that incoming phone calls don't take up the entire screen. How is this still not addressed?
Rating: 12 Votes
32 months ago
Ten years of iPhone. Ten years of Volume change covering the screen.

You will be missed.

Rating: 9 Votes
32 months ago
Nice! Surprised nobody noticed until now? Don't let people fool you when they say iOS 11 doesn't change much. All of these small changes add up to a better user experience.

Now if only we could get them to implement the same double tap left/right on a video to skip back/forward 10 seconds that YouTube has. I find myself accidentally trying to do this in the native video controller all the time because it's so useful and intuitive.
Rating: 8 Votes
32 months ago
This is definitely welcome!

All these small changes in iOS 11 make a HUGE difference, especially with the iPad! This update was definitely targeted for iPad users.
Rating: 6 Votes
32 months ago
Why not make it systemwide?

Rating: 6 Votes
32 months ago
Why would you ever want the volume indicator to show up at the center of the screen? Seems like Apple should make this change throughout all of iOS, not just in the video player.
Rating: 5 Votes
32 months ago
Now I want to be able to control video volume before I turn the video on. When I try, I am only able to choose the ringer volume, but as soon as I hit play for a video it comes blaring at full volume.
Rating: 3 Votes

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