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Old 10-26-2010, 12:26 AM   #1
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iOS 4.2 kills the orientation lock switch

Orientation switch becomes mute

I haven't used multi-tasking in iOS 4, so I don't have a sense of how much hassle were talking about using a software lock, but i really like the switch right now.
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Old 10-26-2010, 03:53 AM   #2
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I personally never use the orientation lock, so it won't be a problem for me. And a mute button? I think it will be removed in iPad 2.
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I use the orientation lock frequently, so if it gets eliminated, I'll be pissed. My question would be, who would use a Mute control? Not me.
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Old 10-26-2010, 12:32 PM   #4
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That will be one update I will not be quick to make, as I use the orientation lock button almost all the time.
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Old 10-26-2010, 01:20 PM   #5
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I like the orientation lock as an external button, but I like groups more (multi tasking is nice, too), so I will be updating And it's not too much hassle to use the software switch
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I haven't used a 4.x device yet, so I can't be sure, but I got the impression that the orientation lock was easily accessible from the multitasking menu, accessed via the home button. And some applications have built-in, software orientation locks which I already find more handy than the switch, partly because my case leaves the switch recessed and slightly hard to access. I look forward to a more easily accessible software option, and then I expect to forget all about that little mute/orientation switch.

And I agree with ShortNCuddlyAm in that the other features of 4.2 are far more compelling to me than the orientation lock, so even if it is more of a hassle, I expect to upgrade.
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Old 10-26-2010, 02:44 PM   #7
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I've never used the orientation lock. The software orientation lock in iOS4.1 is easy to use. Double tap the home button and the multitasking bar comes up.
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Old 10-26-2010, 04:30 PM   #8
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That is such a horrible change to not even allow people the choice of which functionality they want given that the lock orientation switch has been there for about 6 months, it is fair enough that they want consistency across their devices, but they could easily do that by allowing all devices to choose with mute being the default or something.

I don't use the orientation lock switch very much, but the times when I do it is extremely useful, whereas a mute switch seems far less useful since I would pause any media I was playing on ipad instead.

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Old 10-26-2010, 10:07 PM   #9
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I personally never use the orientation lock, so it won't be a problem for me. And a mute button? I think it will be removed in iPad 2.
I don't see why they would remove it. The iPhone has a mute switch. And actually the pre-launch iPad used the switch for mute; they changed it to an orientation lock at the last minute.
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I was surprised first that the screen lock button suddenly was a mute button, but actually, after using the software lock, I like that much better. It was always pretty hard to use the lock switch with the iPad in a case.
As all functions of the iPad get operated via the home button and the touch screen anyways, I rarely use any switches. And I only use volume buttons if I want to write something on the on screen keyboard as acoustical feedback. Otherwise, my volume is on mute.

Is there an option where you can define that all sounds are off except for the keyboard???
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Old 10-27-2010, 04:23 AM   #11
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I don't see why they would remove it. The iPhone has a mute switch. And actually the pre-launch iPad used the switch for mute; they changed it to an orientation lock at the last minute.
It makes sense for a phone to have a mute button, but I don't see why a tablet should have one.. But then again, they say that they are trying to target bussiness more.
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I guess they were lazy, and made that a feature for both iPad and iPhone. But I don't see why the change. Sure, a mute button is handy, but pressing the volume button and holding 1 second already did that, why change it and bother many customers?
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Old 10-29-2010, 05:44 AM   #13
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I guess they were lazy, and made that a feature for both iPad and iPhone. But I don't see why the change. Sure, a mute button is handy, but pressing the volume button and holding 1 second already did that, why change it and bother many customers?
Well, it only takes on press more with the new software-based oritentation lock, and with a large tablet, it isn't as prone to changes in gravity as a phone for instance.
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Old 10-29-2010, 09:28 AM   #14
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I don't know about the iPhone but on the iPod Touch the software lock forces the device to be in portrait mode. As far as I know you can not lock the device in landscape mode. Does anyone know if this will be different in iOS 4.2? I'm pretty sure that with the hardware switch on the iPad you could lock your device in either portrait or landscape mode. Maybe now we will be stuck with portrait mode lock only.
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I don't know about the iPhone but on the iPod Touch the software lock forces the device to be in portrait mode. As far as I know you can not lock the device in landscape mode. Does anyone know if this will be different in iOS 4.2? I'm pretty sure that with the hardware switch on the iPad you could lock your device in either portrait or landscape mode. Maybe now we will be stuck with portrait mode lock only.
It is the same with the iPhone (certainly the 3GS) - however, the iPhone only has the main screen(s) available in portrait - the iPad can have them in portrait or landscape, so that may make a difference.
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