Some iPhone 4 have swapped volume buttons?


Latest iPhone 4 assembly line craziness sees a few units coming out with their volume buttons reversed -- up is down and down is up.

It's no yellow splotches or antenna band issues -- the volume buttons function normally, so unless your obsessed with only doing what the label tells you, you won't have a problem.

Still, take a look at your iPhone 4 and let us know -- are your volume keys inverted?


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Some iPhone 4 have swapped volume buttons?


Everything was done too fast that's why there are mistakes. Now apple will complain to the company in China and workers there will have harder work and life. It will all be taken out on people who work there.

With everything thats went wrong with this release, no white, yellow blotches, hold it differently and now this.. I'd say, this is by far the worst iphone release.. thankfully.. my phone has none of these problems.. and I'm very happy with it. :)

could this be the end of apple's good quality reputation.. I returned mine this morning. I will not settle for an inferior product

Mine were swapped and I'm having the reception issues. I am currently en route to return it. Back to blackberry for me.

Apple seems to have really blown it big time with this release, but I get the feeling they don't even care.

With all the howling tech nerds out there, you would think this product was as defective as an abused Italian supercar. Mine has no problems and is a great upgrade from my 3G. I wonder if the guy who returned his phone this morning had any actual problems?

Mine works great so I don't care about blotches, volume keys, and reception issues (get a friggin bumper!)

Guess I'm one of the lucky ones (read: probably the vast majority). Everything where it should be, no splotches, and good reception.
Only issue I have is I have my phone in hand but according to tracking, bumper is still in Hong Kong. Keeping mine stuffed in an old pixel skin case until then.

No screen or button issues, but mine is having the antenna band issue. I hope there is a fix for this soon.

No issues here.
Apple has sold over a million iPhone 4s. There's going to be a few issues here and there and percentage wise it seems like a tiny number.
So far the button and yellow blotch issue seems to be very limited. It's only the antenna issue that might be more widespread but as has been shown in several videos, cupping any phone with your hand will reduce the signal. It is just compounded by a further slight degradation in signal by touching the i4 antenna in a particular spot too. Apple probably should have put a non-conductive coating over the steel, but in any case it hasn't caused me any issues so far.

Must be the Australian version. Seriously, the only reason why this is a problem is that they labeled the buttons. Apple never labels buttons. What smartphone users doesn't know up from down? I'll bet they will be blank from now on.

My wife's had a faint buzz in the earpiece. We took it in last night and they couldn't hear it (it was faint) but they replaced it anyway. I was suprised that they had any. She is now a very satisfied customer!

I guess when you sell 1,000,000 phones (just an estimate) in one day, a couple of them may have a mistake or two

Mine are both labeled "minus" . They also swapped the front with the back panel. To make phone calls I have to hold it with both hands and nose. Did I mention the dock connector is a male, so it sticks out a little?

Mines fine no problems except for I have noone that has the 4 because everywhere is sold out so all the homies and homegirls still waiting for one. Guess no FaceTime for now

Also coming from a 3G. This new phone works great for me no yellow and my volume buttons are fine. I

well the only issue that i have is the antenna issue but its ok im just going to get a bumper and thats it. went to the apple store yesterday at 4:00pm and they still had a line of l40 people outside and i was wondering if they still had iphones at that time.i asked an apple associate if they had any bumpers left but he said now. now i have to order it online

"Down is the new up" What a coincidence. I recently talked to your girlfriend/wife about going up with me sometime.

I have the yellow blotches and the antenna issues, but I'm not going to lose sleep over it. The yellow blotches have almost vanished as we were told they would, and the antenna issue has yet to even become and issue for me, after all, if a problem arises I won't piss n cry, that's why we have warranties. If anything becomes an issue I'll deal with it via warranty. Why would I sell myself short by "going back to blackberry"?! That would mean I lose. Anyone who gives up that easily needs to get themselves a shake ;)

@Shaun You're going to be getting you're moneys worth out of your warranty. Keep sucking Steves dick.

@Eric Schmidt. Hey holmes ....sorry about the iads things .. Hey anyone remember that song "pull up to my bumper baby " I think I am gonna use that in the new iPhone 4 commercial

Im getting one in july... stupid late reservation... anyway I'm probably the only one who want backwars volume buttons because im just weird like that. But apple will probably have this stop and I'll probably get a regulars phone... pshhh. Haha an iPhones an iPhone iGuess.

August 2011. Just bought my iPhone 4 the other night. It's the white one. Buttons are inverted. Drives me nuts. Verizon doesn't wanna deal with it and neither does Apple. Ughhh.