I hate the soft lock switch less than I thought I would.

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Crosbie, Nov 4, 2010.

  1. Crosbie macrumors 6502a

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    It's not so difficult to use, and even a little more convenient for some purposes.

    I just wonder why I now have an utterly pointless button on the side of my iPad.

    Next iteration of iPad to be switch-free?
     
  2. aimee25 macrumors member

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    Mmm I feel the same way. Took me a couple of days to retrain myself but after that all good. Seriously who needs a mute switch? It's easier to hold the down vol button than getting a nail in to the case to use the switch.
     
  3. anjinha macrumors 604

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    If you're watching a movie or playing music flipping the switch will silence all notifications but leave the sound of the video/music playing. Holding down the volume button will silence all sound.
     
  4. tablo13 macrumors 65816

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    I don't see the need of a mute button either. It's not like iPod touch, which you have to keep holding down the volume button to get it mute, but iPad automatically mutes it when you hold the volume for 1 second.
     
  5. markosb macrumors 6502

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    I miss the orientation lock, but I use a silicone case that makes it difficult to use so going to software lock isn't as bad. The mute switch only seems to mute email sounds and push sounds.
     
  6. Kobra macrumors regular

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    I hate the software switch. A simple flick of a button is now replaced by a dubble tap on the home button, a swipe, a tap on the switch and then a tap to close the toolbar... silly and stupid :confused:
     
  7. Saberon macrumors 6502a

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    I couldn't figure out why I had no sounds, my orientation lock was on when I updated from 3.2.2 to 4.2
     
  8. EssentialParado macrumors 65816

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    This post is why the switch is a mute button.
     
  9. iPagan macrumors regular

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    The new mute button, if I flip it, while listening to Pandora, the sound is still there. But not in Angry Birds. If I flip the mute button in that game, no sound. I thought the mute button is supposed to mute ALL sound, no???
     
  10. anjinha macrumors 604

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    The mute switch is supposed to mute sounds like notifications (maybe game sounds too, I'm not sure). The reason it works like that is so that you can watch a video or listen to music without having stuff like Mail or Push notifications beeping over it. Particularly with AirPlay this is very useful.
     
  11. Don Kosak macrumors 6502a

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    Anjinha is right.

    The Human Interface Guidelines say that games sounds and alerts are silenced, but user initiated sound, like music, and movies continue to play. This lets users play games or use apps with their own music in the background.

    That is why the hardware mute switch is different than just holding the volume button down for a few seconds.
     
  12. agkm800 macrumors 6502a

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    I thought the mute switch is most used by (rich) teens - whenever they need to quickly silence the device like when their parents come to check on them.

    I still darn hate the software button and miss the lock switch very much.
     
  13. Crosbie thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Okay, and I see that. But this seems very much like it should be a software feature rather than the job of a switch on the side of a device like the iPad.

    It's such a nonsensical change that the only reason I can think of for making it is that they've now fixed the design for iPad v.2, and they've cut the switch from it.

    @Kobra: Yep, pretty silly. But that sequence isn't all that difficult to do, and it isn't that much of a sacrifice. It's just patently pointless given the current hardware.
     
  14. BrennerM macrumors regular

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    This seems like it will be confusing to the general user. For instance, you start a video playing and need to mute for a second to listen to someone or something, so you hit the "mute" switch. Why doesn't the sound go quiet? Shouldn't that be the entire point of a "mute" switch?

    Really wish Apple would just let us configure the switch in settings. In fact, I would like if the switch could toggle between using the current volume switch for either volume and brightness.
     
  15. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    Exactly. Not to mention that, if someone doesn't keep up with tech news, which would be, like, the majority of users, and one day they get a pop-up in iTunes saying there's a firmware update, they install it, and all of a sudden the lock orientation switch seemingly does... nothing! I can see a flood of tech support calls and genius appointments.
     
  16. Amazing Iceman macrumors 68040

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    What we could use most is a "Push Notification" Switch. A way to quickly turn off all push notifications and popups.
    This is necessary when showing a presentation, watching a movie or giving a lecture, etc.
     
  17. Crosbie thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Well, not nothing... rather, a misleading graphic of the volume symbol with a cross through it - very much indicating full mute!

    Incidentally, if you then push volume up, it displays exactly as it does when you 'unmute' - but of course the device is still 'muted' and the switch still switched!
     
  18. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    Oh, dear. That's a nightmare. Is that how it works on the iPhone too? Is this somehow less confusing when it's on a phone?
     
  19. Crosbie thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Just looked at my gf's iPhone: the symbols are different (a bell for the notifications, with a strikethrough for when you're muting them); and the word 'ringer' appears above the volume icon when you change volume using the rocker switch whilst at the home screen, to indicate what volume setting you're changing. Considerably clearer. And so much for 'consistency'...
     
  20. Night Spring macrumors G5

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    Yup! The iPad isn't a phone, and obviously that part of its OS wasn't designed with phone functions in mind. Oh, well...
     
  21. Pinger macrumors regular

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    Personally I never used this swtch with 3.2 or 4.2 GM.... BUT my opinion is they should have left it as a screen lock.
     
  22. Crosbie thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Nobody has yet commented on my assertion that this can only mean they're preparing for a switchless v2 iPad.

    I'm not saying it's imminent, just that when it comes, it'll be like the iPod Touch: no switch.

    Amirite?
     
  23. Applenewstoday macrumors regular

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    I hated it at first, but now That I know it mutes notification sounds, I love it! Now I cam listen to music without a stupid sound dimming the music. Although I would like it to be switched in the multitasking bar with the rotation lock, but I'll get used to it...
     
  24. kepner macrumors 6502

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    I like the mute switch. It's hard to fall asleep when you're hearing push notifications every few minutes. I used to have to unlock the iPad to shut it up.
     
  25. ciaran00 macrumors 6502

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    I will take interface consistency any day.

    That and the volume down thing always bugged me.
     

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