Most unintuitive feature in the history of Apple.

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Pigumon, Jul 17, 2011.

  1. Pigumon macrumors 6502


    Aug 4, 2004
    The iPad 2 side switch. Off, it's UP, On, it's down. Completely the reverse of the most common on off switch, the light switch.

    Not a single peson who's ever used my iPad has pushed down first to turn it on.

    Any guesses as to why Apple would do that?
  2. 4DThinker macrumors 68020

    Mar 15, 2008
    I'll guess: Apple engineers were always used to having the great home button they designed on the top. :D
  3. Vizin, Jul 17, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 28, 2013
  4. Shawnpk macrumors 6502

    Jan 13, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    Up = rotation on. Down = rotation off.


    Up = sound on. Down = sound off.

    How's that wrong?
  5. uiop. macrumors 68020


    Jul 22, 2008
    Grand Rapids, MI
    ^I agree, makes sense when put that way.

    OP you figured it out though, correct? That's all that matters. :p
  6. Pigumon thread starter macrumors 6502


    Aug 4, 2004
    Go to settings. In Apple's own words- Lock Rotation and Mute.

    Up = Lock Off. Down = Lock On.


    Up= Mute Off. Down = Mute On.

    That's how it's wrong. :cool:

    I really wish they had worded it your way, because now it's stuck in my head the (wrong) Apple way.
  7. Meanee macrumors 6502a

    Mar 8, 2011
    Eh, I don't know what's the big deal about it. If there's a lock icon, I flip the switch to unlock it. If I want to lock it, I reach for the switch and flip it too. Position really doesn't matter, at least for me.
  8. psonice macrumors 6502a

    Jul 22, 2005
    I noticed this too. It's very definitely a switch for mute/lock. And up is off. Every time I try to push it the wrong way, and assume i've got the wrong button and try switching the volume buttons instead!
  9. Blakjack macrumors 68000


    Jun 23, 2009
    Agree as well. They got the switch right. I don't know what the settings say, but when I pull down on the switch, the sound goes off or the rotation gets locked and vice versa. That's how it should be
  10. blue43fan, Jul 18, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2011

    blue43fan macrumors regular

    Aug 5, 2008
    Luckily, the iPad can be used in any orientation. Just hold it upside down. Problem solved. :rolleyes:

    EDIT: You people that down ranked me, you do know that this was a joke, right?
  11. Kyotoma macrumors 68000


    Nov 11, 2010
    Carnegie and Ontario
    Arguing semantics, although entertaining moreover sounds like complaining.
  12. thesiren macrumors 6502a


    Mar 7, 2011
    outer space
    this is a joke thread, right?
    Your OCD hastaken a turn for the melodramatic really badly here. I feel like I've just read an entry of a thirteen year old girl's diary: "MOST unintuitive iPad feature in the HISTORY of Apple!!!!!"

    Really guy?

    Have you or your "friends" never in the history of time operated an iPod? Or an iPhone? the same switch is on all of them for ****s sake.

    you're reading way too much into what Apple says it does rather than how it actually functions.

    Up - bells and whistles ON, just like when you throw a switch.

    Down - bells and whistles OFF. Just like throwing a switch.

    Was this really necessary?
  13. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    In landscape that switch must really blow your mind. :D
  14. radiogoober macrumors 6502a

    Jun 7, 2011
    I think the switch makes perfect sense. I've never once clicked it the wrong way.
  15. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
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    In the UK, a light switch is generally off when it's up and on when it's down so it makes perfect sense to me. And, of course, Jonny Ive is British...
  16. Meanee macrumors 6502a

    Mar 8, 2011
    Holy cr@p, I actually agree with you on something? Did I run out of meds or something?

    But yes, it's a simple, 2 position switch. How you can get it wrong is just beyond me.
  17. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    On a side note, I always kind of wished they had changed the function of the volume rocker depending on the orientation. In landscape normal, where the rocker is on the top, pressing volume down should increase the volume as its on the right and that's the direction the volume increases in the HUD.
  18. TheSuperSteve macrumors 6502

    Jul 4, 2011
    Puerto Rico
    I try not to think about that. If i need the lock rotation, i flip the switch. If not, i leave it like it is. I've ever really had any problem with that.
  19. Ashka macrumors 6502a


    Aug 9, 2008
    New Zealand
    Down is On and Up is Off in New Zealand, Australia, United Kingdom and probably most Ex Commonwealth Countries.. The US has it wrong.. :D
  20. Comeagain? macrumors 68020


    Feb 17, 2011
    Spokane, WA
    Of course, you are buying products from a US country, so we aren't entirely messed up. :rolleyes:

    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  21. Q-Dog macrumors 6502a


    Sep 9, 2007
  22. thesiren macrumors 6502a


    Mar 7, 2011
    outer space

    easy champ. don't take it personally. yes, our country is pretty jacked up...but they drive on the wrong side of the road. it all kinda evens out.
  23. imahawki macrumors 6502a

    Apr 26, 2011
    It would be interesting if you had. By its nature, whatever position its in it can only click one way :D
  24. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    Wait, so the US is the backwards country? OMG! ;)

    Insert "in Soviet Russia British America" joke here.
  25. dejo Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    The Centennial State
    Not Canada!

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