iOS 4.2 Reverting the hardware switch to Screen Rotation Lock!

thedarkhorse

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Commented and tweeted the petition phrase. Completely agree, the new mute notification switch is 99.9% useless.

Hey #Apple, change the #iPad switch back to screen lock!
 

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Honestly, the BEST solution is just to make it a SETTING to allow us to select how WE want the mute/lock switch to behave... But then, we all know Lord Steve doesn't feel we know what we really want...
 

Pinger

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Watch out Mr. Jobs, there's a full blown rebellion going on in this thread lol...
Pretty funny I have to say BUT I'm with you, I agree 100% and will sign!!
 

Sedulous

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Yeah, it is also annoying that the volume rocker still jumps to mute if you hold down the "-" end anyway. Changing the lock switch to a mute is redundant.
 

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I suppose that reasonable people may differ, however unreasonably, but I have to say that despite my concerns I found using the swiping maneuver to lock orientation pretty convenient and intuitive. So, for those of you keeping score at home, mark down one meh.
 

oli356

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iPad for me sucks without the rotation lock switch.

So much longer to double tap, slide left, click button..

Then possibly change back a few minutes later
 

Aduntu

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Yes, that might be a benefit if it actually muted all sounds.... It doesn't.
It's not difficult to understand. Most users don't leave music/sound playing from their iPad constantly. However, many users carry their iPad into meetings, shops, and other places and want to quickly make sure that no sounds "surprise" us. With a hardware switch, this can be done effortlessly as we're walking through the door with minimal interaction.

Hop off that bandwagon for just a second and think for yourself.
 

Taimaru

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I'll also be one who will mourn the loss of the physical screen lock switch when I get around to upgrading. I will add my name to the petition.

All the examples that everyone mentions seem to show how to use the software lock switch from the Home screen, which is 4 steps instead of the 1 with a physical switch.

How easy is it to lock the screen within an application, which is when I am most likely to do this? And how many steps is it then, including going back to the application afterwards? It must be more than 4.

I am guessing because of the "multitasking" you go back to the same point in the application (or game) without loss of data (or progress). Is this correct? Or does the application have to be changed to take advantage of the "multitasking"?

As there seems to be a divided opinion for the use of the switch, I think it would be sensible to have an option whether the switch is lock screen, mute system sounds and mute all sounds.
 

Fiddler70

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The rock switch does not work when the iPad is sleeping. So the mute switch is great and very useful.

Where can I sign a petition to keep the option???

Please, apple do not make it a rotation lock only, please??
 

naujoks

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Firstly, this is not a proper petition.
Secondly, clearly a CUSTOMISABLE option should have been give to us, to keep both camps happy. That is the real short coming of Apple and the scandal.
 

JulianL

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Honestly, the BEST solution is just to make it a SETTING to allow us to select how WE want the mute/lock switch to behave... But then, we all know Lord Steve doesn't feel we know what we really want...
It's not like Apple haven't done buttom customisation before. In the old days, before multitasking appropriated the home-button-double-press action, the action for a double press on the home button could be customised via the official Apple Settings app (launching the iPod app was one option, I forget the rest).

This isn't the end of the world but it is annoying. Apple put few enough buttons on their devices anyway and since I have absolutely zero use for a mute button, I will never once have a need to use it for the entire lifetime of my device, they've effectively removed one of the buttons from my device as far as I'm concerned.

- Julian