iOS 4.2 on iPad – don’t fix it if it aint broken!
January 2010 update:
I am very happy & thrilled to announce that for possibly only the second time in Apple’s history (the first time being returning the buttons to the iPod shuffle), Apple has listened to their users’ complaints and has restored the iPad orientation lock in the forthcoming iOS 4.3 update! Thank you to everybody who complained loudly and clearly to Apple!
Original post follows:
Dear Steve Jobs,
It has come to my attention that the orientation lock switch on the side of the iPad has become a mute switch in iOS 4.2, and that locking the screen orientation now requires screen-based controls.
This is a VERY UNWELCOME CHANGE for all iPad users, and one that will make our lives increasingly difficult & complex on a daily basis. iPad users from around the world are decrying this change in every forum that is talking about this change. Here’s just one forum thread where people are up-in-arms over this change.
THE iPAD IS NOT AN iPHONE!
Therefore, we have NEVER needed to mute the iPad… not even once!! In 5 months, we have NEVER muted our iPad. And even if we DID want to mute the iPad, all we had to do was hold down the “volume down” button for 1 second! Simple! What could be easier and more intuitive than that?
But because the iPad is NOT AN iPHONE, WE ABSOLUTELY RELY ON SCREEN ORIENTATION LOCK HUNDREDS OF TIMES A DAY!
When reading books, watching movies, playing games, working on documents… WE CONSTANTLY HAVE TO LOCK OUR iPAD SCREEN THROUGHOUT THE DAY!
There was NOTHING MORE CONVENIENT than having the screen orientation lock being a REAL BUTTON ON THE SIDE OF THE iPAD!
Sometimes we will switch orientations MULTIPLE TIMES while reading the very same book! We need a HARD SWITCH for this… not software-based controls!
Please, at the VERY VERY LEAST, PLEASE give us the OPTION to control what the switch on the side of the iPad controls.
But whatever you do, please don’t turn that switch exclusively into a mute switch. It is redundant, unnecessary, and makes life more difficult.
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