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iOS 4.2 on iPad – don’t fix it if it aint broken!

September 16, 2010

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.


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?


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.

Thank you,

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. September 16, 2010 4:05 PM

    It’s not gone-gone, just moved to software, frankly I didn’t like having to hunt for the slider faster to do it in software…

    You just double click to bring up the task switching bar, swipe to the right to bring up the device controls: Brightness, Music Controls, and Orientation lock

  2. September 16, 2010 6:10 PM

    I completely understand that it’s been moved to software, but going through 4 time-consuming & manually intensive tasks (double-click the button, swipe with your finger to the right, press the orientation lock, double-click the button again) is a REAL pain in the ass for something that used to be as simple as just touching a button on the side of the iPad.

    And if you’re locking the screen orientation 100 times a day, you now have 400 extra tasks that you have to do every single day.

    This is just a real step backwards in functionality, especially considering that (1) muting is not as important as screen orientation on the iPad, and (2) you can VERY EASILY MUTE the iPad by just holding down the “volume down” button for 1/2 second.

    Nothing needed to be changed about the hardware, yet Apple changed it for the worst.

  3. September 16, 2010 6:10 PM

    p.s. There’s no way that going through 4 time-consuming steps via software is quicker than touching a button.

  4. fricfrac permalink
    September 17, 2010 3:50 AM

    Funny thing, but I’m always accidently pressing the switch(de-activating lock) when passing the iPad around but that’s just me.
    Totally agree tho’, Apple should give us configurable options for the switch or at least a homescreen shortcut maybe via a scripting app disguised as a lock button. But then that would conflict with Apple’s tidiness fetish methinks.
    As tech progresses(and the opposition) I fully expect Apple to offer iPad rev2 with many more user configurable options to keep ahead of the curve.


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