iOS 4.2 Reverting the hardware switch to Screen Rotation Lock!

Discussion in 'iPad' started by whocaresit, Nov 22, 2010.

  1. whocaresit, Nov 22, 2010
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2010

    whocaresit macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2010
  2. thedarkhorse macrumors 6502a

    Sep 13, 2007
    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!
  3. PirateP macrumors 6502


    Aug 3, 2010
    Naboo Land
    This will make no difference at all. A complete waste of time.
  4. macswitcha2 macrumors 65816

    Oct 18, 2008

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  5. thedarkhorse macrumors 6502a

    Sep 13, 2007
    obviously we know about that, it's not a suitable replacement for the hardware switch.
  6. 2002cbr600f4i macrumors 6502

    Jun 21, 2008
    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...
  7. saberahul macrumors 68040

    Nov 6, 2008
    Eh I like it the way it is now... easy to mute sounds when entering a meeting.
  8. Imsuperjp macrumors 6502

    Apr 9, 2010
    I agree
  9. theone09 macrumors regular

    Nov 17, 2008
    who needs the mute switch nowadays?? :confused:
  10. phyrexia macrumors 6502a

    Sep 3, 2010
    wait a week and i'm sure someone will have a jailbreak hack for it.
  11. darwinian macrumors 6502a


    Jan 4, 2008
    In R4, more or less
    That's right, we should be able to hold down the volume switch in order to get screen rotation lock! It's ridiculous, but so is not making this a simple friggin choice, sheesh.
  12. sracer macrumors 604


    Apr 9, 2010
    in exile
    Yes, that might be a benefit if it actually muted all sounds.... It doesn't.
  13. Pinger macrumors regular

    Oct 12, 2010
    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!!
  14. Sedulous macrumors 68020


    Dec 10, 2002
    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.
  15. Cartaphilus macrumors 6502a

    Dec 24, 2007
    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.
  16. Mitchrapp macrumors 6502a

    Apr 2, 2010
    No kidding.

    "we're going to change the orientation lock to a mute switch but it won't mute most sounds" -- S. Jobs.
  17. oli356 macrumors 6502

    Sep 6, 2010
    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
  18. Aduntu macrumors 6502a


    Mar 29, 2010
    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.
  19. Taimaru macrumors member

    May 22, 2010
    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.
  20. wirelessmacuser macrumors 68000


    Dec 20, 2009
    Very true... Apple really pulls some stunts... :eek:
  21. Fiddler70 macrumors regular

    Jan 10, 2010
    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??
  22. yegon macrumors 68030

    Oct 20, 2007
  23. flyguy206 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 5, 2008
  24. naujoks macrumors 6502


    Jul 6, 2008
    London, UK
    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.
  25. JulianL macrumors 65816

    Feb 2, 2010
    London, UK
    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

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