Do you use lock orientation?

Mortalias

macrumors 6502
Original poster
Aug 24, 2011
351
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Los Angeles, CA
I've noticed most people I know with an iPad never use the built in lock orientation switch. I keep mine locked in portrait orientation all the time, as the constant switching at the slightest movement drives me crazy. :p

Anyone else make use of the lock orientation swtich?
 

Night Spring

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Jul 17, 2008
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I keep flipping the rotation lock on and off all the time. Mostly I lock it when I'm reading in Instapaper or iBooks, because I get tired of the text rotating when I move around. But then I switch to another app that works better in landscape, so I unlock the rotation so it'll flip to landscape. Then I go back to Instapaper and lock it again in portrait, then back to Safari which I want in landscape, etc, etc.
 

jdsipod

macrumors member
Feb 25, 2011
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Iowa City, IA
Yes, Always

I always have mine locked in portrait, it's just easier to have it always locked then when needed flip the lock switch off
 

nepalisherpa

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Aug 15, 2011
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1,046
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I've noticed most people I know with an iPad never use the built in lock orientation switch. I keep mine locked in portrait orientation all the time, as the constant switching at the slightest movement drives me crazy. :p

Anyone else make use of the lock orientation swtich?
I asked the same question few months ago! Link: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1223614

I have mine locked to Landscape orientation!
 

Ashka

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Aug 9, 2008
598
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New Zealand
I keep the iPad locked when using it in bed and when using the map app (GPS) in the truck as a passenger. Easier to tip the map up the other way at times.
Rest of the time it's unlocked.. portrait for split keyboard typing and landscape for surfing. :)
 

porcupine8

macrumors 6502a
Mar 2, 2011
842
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I mostly use it (locked in landscape) when I'm lying down, or browsing photos where some are turned on their side.
 

Stealthipad

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Apr 30, 2010
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I use my iPad in different positions and leave it unlocked. The screen rotates when handling but does as I need when I get to work. I do not think I have ever even used the lock feature.
 

PlaceofDis

macrumors Core
Jan 6, 2004
19,239
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yes mine is always locked in whichever position i have. it. i prefer to read in portrait and view websites etc in landscape so i often switch between the two. i am so glad that they reversed course in the switch to allow for it to be a lock switch rather than just mute.
 

Merthyrboy

macrumors 6502
Jul 21, 2008
490
3
I lock mine if I'm reading something into portrait. And if I'm using it flat on a table I'll lock it so then it can't rotate and then I have to pick it up and get it back onto the way I want it.
 

redscull

macrumors 6502a
Jul 1, 2010
773
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Texas
My iPhone is usually locked in portrait since most iPhone apps look best that way anyway and I move it a lot more.

I only lock my iPad when I am reading iBooks in bed. Usually, my iPad orientation is not locked even though I pretty much only use it landscape unless an app absolutely doesn't run right that way. But I don't find myself ever fighting the automatic rotation except when lying in bed.

But I keep the physical switch set to muting since I toggle that a lot more often and don't want to have to log in just to mute it. I don't mind logging in to lock the orientation because there is no purpose to orientation lock unless I am in fact logged in (whereas it's very common to want to toggle muting without actually being logged in).
 

Jen78

macrumors newbie
Aug 4, 2010
15
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Yes

I use it often when reading in bed and occasionally with other apps. I would not keep it on all the time though.
 

mrboult

macrumors 6502
Jul 29, 2008
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London, England
Yes. A lot of people use it regularly.

This was proven with a noticeable outcry from users when apple changed the physical switch to a mute switch (no option to change it) a few OS back.

So many people were upset with the change that Apple relented and gave users the option, that now appears in Settings, to use the external switch as Rotation Lock or Mute.
 

anthonymoody

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Aug 8, 2002
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For general usage I am pretty much allways locked in landscape. Even when reading in iBooks or Kindle apps.

The only thing I switch to portrait for is reading scripts, which I do quite a bit. They're great in portrait.
 

NikeTalk

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Apr 5, 2010
598
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I always keep the "lock" option, since the iPad turns volume down so quick I don't see the need to use it for mute.
 

Skika

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Mar 11, 2009
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A handy feature, i use it quite. Especially for browsing in bed or when i am just certain i will need it in one orientation or the other i just lock it to that.
 

donnaw

macrumors 65816
Apr 19, 2011
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6
Austin TX
I keep mine locked in landscape. I only change it when I use FaceTime. For some reason I just find it easier to hold when using FaceTime.