Anybody miss the side switch on iPad?

Do you miss the side switch on the iPad?

  • Yes!

    Votes: 33 55.0%
  • No, I don't need it.

    Votes: 17 28.3%
  • I don't care.

    Votes: 10 16.7%

  • Total voters


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Original poster
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.
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macrumors G3
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.


macrumors 68030
Jun 24, 2004
Yes, much quicker to do a rotation lock with the physical button when the screen moved unexpectedly.


macrumors 6502
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
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macrumors 68010
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.


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.


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.


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.


macrumors 6502a
Apr 11, 2011
I liked the convenience of the switch, but I value the tidiness of its absence more highly.


macrumors 68020
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.


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.


macrumors 6502a
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.


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.


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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