Anybody miss the side switch on iPad?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by flowave, Apr 6, 2017.


Do you miss the side switch on the iPad?

  1. Yes!

    33 vote(s)
  2. No, I don't need it.

    17 vote(s)
  3. I don't care.

    10 vote(s)
  1. flowave macrumors member

    Nov 17, 2014
    I really wish apple would bring side switch on the new iPad Pros.

    I love the side switch because I use it all the time to lock the rotation.

    It is a hassle when you have already set your orientation and to release the lock and lock it again watching the screen in the wrong orientation.
  2. Freakonomics101 macrumors 65816


    Nov 6, 2014
    Doesn't bother me but everyone has different opinions.
  3. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    I've gotten used to the Control Center but I do miss the switch for rotation lock. It was far more efficient.

    I have the Control Center enabled inside apps but sometimes it doesn't work and I'd have to go back to the springboard, disable rotation lock, change orientation and enable rotation lock before going back inside the app.
  4. Loge macrumors 68020


    Jun 24, 2004
    Yes, much quicker to do a rotation lock with the physical button when the screen moved unexpectedly.
  5. Devyn89 macrumors regular


    Jul 21, 2012
    I miss it but not terribly so, I'd rather a thin iPad than the switch. The software one is fine though I agree it's less ideal than the physical switch
  6. DDustiNN macrumors 65816


    Jan 27, 2011
    I'd like a mute switch. I don't like when I'm trying to turn down the volume a bit, then it instantly mutes instead. Then I have to turn it back up to the volume I want.
  7. RickTaylor macrumors 6502a

    Nov 9, 2013
    I'd like to see changing orientation become more convenient, but there are other ways to do this than adding back a physical button. Currently to change orientation one must

    1. Bring up the control center.
    2. Unlock orientation.
    3. Dismiss the controls center.
    4. Rotate the screen to the desired orientation.
    5. Bring up the control center.
    6. Lock the orientation.
    7. Dismiss the control center.

    If one changed it so one could change the orientation while the control center was open, this would become

    1. Bring up the control center.
    2. Unlock orientation.
    3. Rotate the screen to the desired orientation.
    4. Lock the orientation.
    5. Dismiss the control center.

    And there are ways one could shorten this further. Perhaps someone could develop a new gesture that could allow one to rotate the orientation in one step.
  8. dmillar74 macrumors regular

    Apr 22, 2011
    Livonia, Michigan
  9. FeliApple macrumors 6502


    Apr 8, 2015
    I did use it when it was there but I don't really miss it... I guess I got used to it not being there. I do use it on my phone though.
  10. TMRJIJ, Apr 7, 2017
    Last edited: Apr 7, 2017

    TMRJIJ macrumors 68030


    Dec 12, 2011
    South Carolina, United States
    Meh...Took me a month of usage on my Air 2 to realize it was gone
  11. Channan macrumors 68030


    Mar 7, 2012
    New Orleans
    When I first got my iPad Air 2, I missed the switch, but in the 2+ years I've had my iPad Air 2, I've gotten used to it and don't really miss it anymore.
  12. Aussi3 macrumors 6502


    Jun 3, 2012
    Facesticks on the App store
  13. zedsdead macrumors 68040

    Jun 20, 2007
    Yes as rotation lock, not mute. However on the 12.9" iPad it's not important to me because I rarely use it in portrait mode. When the 10.5" comes out I likely will go back to the smaller model and do wish it returns, but I'm not holding my breath.
  14. Starfia macrumors 6502


    Apr 11, 2011
    I liked the convenience of the switch, but I value the tidiness of its absence more highly.
  15. Woodstockie macrumors member


    Aug 12, 2015
    Going from an Air 1 to the 9.7 Pro, yes I miss the convenience of the switch. Used it for rotation lock, not mute.
  16. mebehere macrumors regular

    Sep 21, 2012
    I never used it once. But I know some folks used it all the time.
  17. Appleaker macrumors 68000

    Jun 13, 2016
    It was a great feature if the iPad and despite it being a very long time since i've used an iPad that has the switch, I still miss it. The control centre method is clunky and time consuming, even if the process is simplified. For me, it's like taking away volume controls and saying 'it's fine because you can do it easily in control centre'.
    However some people won't care because it really depends on your iPad usage, whether you're a heavy user or not, and what scenarios you use your iPad.
  18. Chancha macrumors 6502a

    Mar 19, 2014
    I miss it a lot. Going from the iPad 3 to iPad 2017.

    With the orientation switch I could first set the iPad in place, realizing I am on with the "wrong" rotation, and then toggle the switch afterwards and lock it back immediately in under a second. The switch is always in the same place, there is no need to to multiple swaps and clicks that are required in the control center method, which is even harder to do when I am already at the wrong angle or worse in a full screen app.
  19. Osamede macrumors 6502

    Oct 28, 2009
    Yes missing it - must have bee a cost cutting move
  20. mossme89 macrumors 6502

    Jul 2, 2009
    Yes! I've lost track how many times I hear an notification ding at 2am and sleepily fumble around to try and flip the switch on my iPad. Now I have to get up, turn the iPad on, and turn the sound off. The light is enough to disrupt your sleep cycle.
  21. JackieInCo macrumors 601

    Jul 18, 2013
    I can do without it. I was using my 9.7 iPad Pro for several days before I realized it wasn't there. My phones and iPads are set to silent mode automatically between 2AM and 9AM.
  22. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
  23. jigzaw macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2012
    I miss it. I used it constantly on my iPad 4. I'm used to not having it, but once in a while i think about it and miss it when I'm doing the Control Center shuffle. I assume it was a thinner-at-all-cost measure, but I don't see why a smaller switch resembling the iPhone mute switch couldn't be carried over to the newer iPads.

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